Homeless man found dead outside Echo Park church


Echo Park — A homeless man died next to Angelus Temple, the landmark domed church across from Echo Park Lake, over the weekend, authorities said. No foul play is suspected.

Officers on Saturday, Aug. 4 found 37-year-old Ezequiel Yamil Lecouna unresponsive on the sidewalk in the 1100 block of Glendale Boulevard, according to officials.  Lecouna was pronounced dead at the scene at 6:12 a.m. from what is believed to be an accident or natural causes, said Sarah Ardalani, a spokesperson for the county coroner.  An autopsy is pending.

Charles S., an Eastsider reader, said he was walking his dog by the church when he encountered two officers standing by a body covered with a sheet by the church property. A coroner’s vehicle showed up at the same time.

Homeless individuals frequently congregate at the church during the evening and also live in an encampment across the street at Echo Park Lake. The church is on the same block where Councilman Mitch O’Farrell has proposed that long-term homeless housing be constructed on some ball courts

In December 2016, a homeless man died next to the InsideOut Church about two blocks north at Liberty and Reservoir streets.

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