Though homeless, Melvin left his mark in Kenmore

The Boston Globe

So it turns out that, as was feared, Melvin, the homeless guy who was a fixture in Kenmore Square for more than 30 years, has died.

Melvin died of an apparent heroin overdose Oct. 16 in a park next to the Fenway Victory Garden, a half mile from his familiar perch on the stoop of the derelict West Gate building.

For the past week, officials who work with the homeless had been trying to confirm Melvin’s fate after word spread that he had died. Confusion reigned, however, because Melvin had used different last names in his different interactions with different sorts of people.

The friendly homeless guy who generations of Boston University students and Kenmore Square denizens knew as Melvin Ramos was actually Melvin Matias.

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