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Homeless man dies in frigid temperatures

The Tulsa Day Center reports that they knew Zaki Holder from the times he stayed at the shelter. (OKDOC/KTUL)

Here’s a reminder to you and your family about how dangerous the cold can be.

Tulsa firefighters found a 39-year-old man dead in the cold temps, Saturday morning.

The Tulsa Day Center reports that they knew Zaki Holder from the times he stayed at the shelter.

“I’m really sad about this because there is really no need for anybody to be out in the cold like this. Our shelter is open during this cold weather time. We want people to be inside. We will work with you getting inside,” said Interim Director Mack Holtom, who says he remembers Holder.

“He was probably someone we would classify a chronic homeless person. Probably homeless over a year, or had a lot of episodes over the years, as well,”’ said Holtom.

Emergency workers found Holder, near the Daily Grill of the Hyatt Hotel.

Downtown shelters are working together to keep the homeless safe and warm. At the Day Center, they are allowing intoxicated persons to enter, as long as they behave, according to Holtom. He says attendance at the shelter is up, with the cold temperatures setting in.

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