Ray Polk, Fresno Homeless Man, Makes Graves For Homeless Who Have Died

03/15/2011 02:04 pm ET | Updated May 25, 2011
  • Los Angeles Times

Reporting from Fresno The flower is fake, the puppy belongs to a 24-year-old homeless woman and this strip of dirt under a highway overpass that Ray Polk is trying to turn into a sacred ground of sorts is surrounded by nothing but concrete and tattered tents.

But Polk wears a warm, gap-toothed smile watching the puppy, Mercedes (the name means mercies), tussle with one of the plastic flowers on his memorial to the homeless who have died here.

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