Memorial Service Will Honor Former Cooper Court Resident, Found Dead in Boise Park 

click to enlarge The city of Boise cleared the Cooper Court tent city in early December 2015. - HARRISON BERRY
  • Harrison Berry
  • The city of Boise cleared the Cooper Court tent city in early December 2015.


Advocates for Boise's homeless will host what they call a "community memorial" to honor the life of 48-year-old Perry James Woodward, a one-time resident the former tent city at Cooper Court who was found dead Jan. 30 in Julia Davis Park.

According to memorial organizers, there has been ever-growing call from the community for a "public opportunity to express their sadness" about Woodward's death. The Ada County coroner reported "no foul play" had contributed to Woodward's death, but advocates said too many questions remain.

"While it is possible that being at Cooper Court could have made a difference in his untimely death, we'll never know the answer to that question," said Peg Richards, president of the Boise/Ada County Homeless Coalition. "We do believe that if he would have been housed within a community on that day, there would have been different results—if in no other way that he would not have died alone on a cold river bank."

The public opportunity to honor and bring closure to Woodward's death is scheduled for 2 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 7, with attendees asked to gather near the Bloch Cancer Survivor Memorial at the east end of Julia Davis Park.
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