Evidence of huffing found in homeless man's demise

"There's hopelessness and despair"

by Bruce Rushton

A homeless man found dead a week ago had apparently been huffing, according to Springfield police reports. In September, Ahmad Basheer Verdell became the face of homelessness in Springfield as he urged the city council to approve an east side homeless center on 11th Street that would also include a detox unit and services for substance abusers...