A memorial service was held late Friday — the longest night of the year — at the Inner Harbor to honor the more than 100 homeless men and women who died this year in Baltimore.

The ceremony, in its 22nd year, was also intended to raise awareness for the struggles of the homeless, said Adam Schneider, spokesman for Healthcare for the Homeless.

He said men and women who are homeless are three to four times more likely to die prematurely than those with a home. The average age of a homeless individual at death is 47.

The names of those who died were read aloud for the roughly 150 people in attendance, and a candle was lit in honor of each of the deceased. Another candle was lit for those whose names weren't known.

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