Providence Journal: Alone in death, but not in life

July 13, 2019

Vigil pays tribute to homeless man killed in hit-and-run

By Kevin G. Andrade | Journal Staff Writer

PROVIDENCE - The pastel-colored homes that once gave the South Providence neighborhood of “Clowntown” its name - before they were vacated and boarded up - framed about two dozen people gathered under the sum at the parking lot of the Salvation Army on Broad Street to mourn and honor Steven “Mustache” Sceeles on Friday afternoon.

“It is not that a homeless man was killed,” Zach Kenyon, acting Emergency Medical Services chief for the Providence Fire Department, said. “It is that Steven was killed.”

Sceeles, 61, was run over by a vehicle on Pearl Street on June 9 in a hit-and-run. A 40-year-old Providence woman, Braulio Uceta Rodriguez, was later charged. Kenyon - who said that EMS personnel often develop friendships with homeless people in the area because they are often called to their aid - took out his phone.

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