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Memorial Erected to Remind Burien Homeless of Fentanyl Overdose Death

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Cross Erected at Drug Encampment

Giant cross now up in front of a drug encampment in downtown Burien. Hector Ramos owns this portion of the lot and wants to remind these men and women about the fentanyl overdose death that happened here last month. Maybe some of these people will find faith to take another step out of this mess.

Fentanyl Fatality in March at Burien Encampment

March 29: It went from bad to worse in Burien. Friday morning, authorities say a young man died of a drug overdose and at the very same encampment, an accidental fire destroyed a tent.

Once again, King County Executive Dow Constantine is being blamed. Constantine refuses to allow deputies to clear problematic encampments and he’s locked in a contentious legal battle with city leaders. Critics say he has blood on his hands after this most recent OD.

Jonathan Choe

Journalist and Senior Fellow, Center on Wealth and Poverty
Jonathan Choe is a journalist and Senior Fellow with Discovery Institute's Center on Wealth and Poverty, covering homelessness issues for its Fix Homelessness initiative. Prior to joining Discovery, Choe spent several years as one of the lead reporters at KOMO-TV, consistently the top rated television station in Seattle. His in depth stories on crime and deep dive investigations into the homeless crisis led to measurable results in the community, including changes in public policy. Choe has more than two decades of experience in television news behind the scenes and in front of the camera for ABC, NBC, FOX, CBS, and Tribune. He has also been nominated and honored with multiple industry awards including an Emmy. Choe spent several years teaching classes on emerging media and entrepreneurship to under privileged youth in inner city Chicago. As an independent journalist, Choe also contributes regularly to the Mill Creek View and Lynnwood Times and has reported on exclusive stories in the past year for Daily Wire and The Postmillennial.