[NEWS] Msgr: Homeless man, fatally beaten, had generous heart | Project HOME

[NEWS] Msgr: Homeless man, fatally beaten, had generous heart

 

From the Philadelphia Inquirer

Robert "Bobby" Barnes had a laugh that could fill a room, a heart generous enough to give away his winter coat, a love for his family and a stubborn streak.

On Saturday, about 50 mourners gathered at the St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Manayunk to honor the 51-year-old homeless man who died Nov. 25 - more than seven months after he was savagely beaten by three women and at least three juveniles at a gas station in Olney.

Charges against two of his alleged adult attackers were upgraded to murder late last week, according to public records. Another adult and three juveniles were also charged in the brutal attack.

"We gather today in grief but also out of love," said Sister Mary Scullion of Project HOME, which arranged the funeral service.