For four days Samuel Mosher lay on the ground dying at a Toppenish homeless camp known as the "jungles." It wasn't until his neighbors got tired of him "being in the way" that someone bothered to call the police.
Mosher died after being taken to a hospital. The cause: blunt-force head trauma. The reason: homicide.
The Yakima Herald-Republic broke this sad tale of human depravity today.
Yakima County sheriff's Chief of Detectives Stew Graham said 51-year-old Samuel Mosher died from "significant" head injuries that he received in a beating or altercation a week and a half ago.
Graham said authorities learned of the attack a week ago Wednesday, when some homeless people complained that Mosher had been lying motionless for four days. The camp, known locally as the "homeless jungle," or simply the "jungles," is located on the edge of town in the 600 block of Juniper Street.
Mosher was not in a sleeping bag or wrapped up in a blanket. "He was just laying there," said Graham, adding help had been summoned by fellow users of the camp only after they "got tired of him apparently being in their way."
Yakima Police Chief Det. Stu Graham tells Seattle Weekly that Mosher was certainly not a healthy man, and that the injuries he received might not have killed someone who hadn't spent the better part of their life as a destitute drunk.
"He had a liver the size of Michigan," says Graham. "We had had a few run-ins with him over the years. He was definitely not a healthy individual."
Other folks remember Mosher differently.
Russ Beehler, a volunteer with Yakima's Union Gospel Mission, tells us that Mosher was a friendly and hardworking man who always had a smile.
"He worked hard around here," Beehler says. "Every time we needed him to help out, he'd always do it, no questions asked. When I'd see him on the street he'd always wave and say something nice."
Det. Graham says that he has at least one suspect in mind who may be connected to Mosher's murder.
One can only hope that someone is brought to account for it. No one deserves to die as Mosher did.