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Memorial Service For Slain Homeless Man Held At Bench Near Santa Ana River

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A makeshift memorial service near the Santa Ana River held for John Berry, 64, who was among four local homeless men killed in recent weeks. (CBS)

A makeshift memorial service near the Santa Ana River held for John Berry, 64, who was among four local homeless men killed in recent weeks. (CBS)

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ANAHEIM (CBS) — Dozens of mourners lined up near the Santa Ana River on Tuesday to honor a local homeless man who was found stabbed to death last week.

KNX 1070′s Jon Baird reports as many as 100 people came out for the brief service that was held at a bench where John Berry supposedly spent many of his nights.


Berry, 64, was killed last Friday at a Carl’s Junior fast food restaurant directly across the street from the memorial site near La Palma and Imperial Highway.

“He knew that the threat was there and many people had offered to take him in and he refused,” said an attendee. “Knowing the risk, he stayed out, and I think because of his bravery the situation arose where the police were able to take a very dangerous and prolific killer off the streets.”

Itzcoatl Ocampo, 23, a Marine veteran who served a tour in Iraq in 2008, was taken into custody last Friday when witnesses chased the suspect and pointed him out to police.

District Attorney Tony Rackauckas has scheduled a press conference on Tuesday morning, where he is expected to announce a filing decision and arraignment information for Ocampo.

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