Springfield, Illinois – Ahmad Verdell, age 47, of Springfield was pronounced deceased at Memorial Medical Center on 11/08/2019 at 1:09 pm.
He was transported to the emergency room by EMS after being found unresponsive behind Walmart, located at 2760 N. Dirksen Pkwy.
Sangamon County Coroner, Cinda Edwards, performed an autopsy this morning and stated, “There were no signs of traumatic injury or hypothermia on the preliminary report. Family was able to be located and have been notified. The cause of death will be pending lab testing and histology which will be forthcoming in 3 to 4 weeks.”
It was first brought to Springfield Leaks attention about Mr. Verdell’s death, by a Facebook post shared on the Helping the Homeless in Springfield, IL Facebook page. The Facebook page is ran by Julie Bartlett Becker. Julie is the founder and president of “Helping the Homeless in Springfield, IL”. She also voluntarily works, without pay, with helping the homeless in Springfield.
The “Helping the Homeless in Springfield, IL” Facebook post is pictured below:
Ward 8 Alderwoman, Erin Conley, also chimed in and stated in the comments of the Facebook Post, “Thank you for sharing this. Ahmad’s words at the city council meeting were touching because he was speaking so honestly from his heart. He gave a face to the painful struggles that can lead people to homelessness…and his dignity in the face of some truly awful comments that night stood out.
Julie (Bartlett Becker), I am so grateful for what you do to help people on an immediate and daily basis…and I hope you know that I will continue to work from the position I have on city council to support solutions that bring a positive change in our city. We can do better. We have to! Prayers for Ahmad, his family, and his friends that mourn him today.”
Ward 6 Alderwoman, Kristin DiCenso, who originally informed the public about Mr. Verdell’s death on her “Ward 6 Alderwoman Kristin DiCenso” Facebook Page said, “A true tragedy that shouldn’t happen in any community, let alone one the size of Springfield. We can ALL work with Helping Hands and Helping the Homeless in Springfield to find solutions.”