TULSA, Okla. — Tulsa police were called to a dead body under the Broken Arrow Expressway -- by 41st and Mingo on Saturday afternoon. This now makes this the second homeless death to occur during Tulsa’s historic storm.
FOX23′s Brooklyn Degumbia went with the man’s daughter to the place where he was found with one hand out of his sleeping bag.
Melisa Loeza says she tried to warn her father, 64-year-old Andy Nelson, that the weather was getting cold, she says she offered him a place to stay. Loeza says people often say that homeless people are out on the streets because of addiction, sometimes it’s true, but most of the time its mental health
She says her brother was killed in a car accident in 1991, he was 10 years old, and her father never recovered from it. Loeza says her dad was a prideful person who never wanted to be a burden. She believes that’s why he didn’t stay with her or go to a shelter during one of the coldest weeks in Tulsa history. Nelson worked at Tulsa Shoe Rebuilders. After he didn’t show up for his shift, Loeza says his boss went out looking for him and found him frozen to death. She says she thinks when temperatures get to a certain point the police need to do something when it gets to a temperature so low the police needs to make them go to shelter, it should no longer be their choice.
She’s working to create new legislation in hopes to prevent this kind of death from happening again. “If you wouldn’t treat your dog like this why would you let our people be like that,”Loeza says.
Their family has started a GoFundMe page, hoping to raise enough money to send his body back to Arizona where he always wished to be buried by his mom.