Neighbors, friends rally to keep homeless man from being forced to leave shopping center area

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AURORA, Colo. -- A homeless man named Rick has captured the hearts of residents and employees near an Aurora strip mall. They say he has spent time guarding the property, volunteered to care for foster animals and taken on odd jobs.

The shopping center is at East Iliff Avenue and South Buckley Road.

Now, a new management company's security team wants him gone, so teacher Leilanni Bundy and several others are fighting for Rick, hoping to avoid an upheaval of his life before they can find proper shelter for him.

Bundy cried as she told FOX31, "I spend time with him on my lunch breaks and he's amazing ... I care about him so much."

Others gathered together to discuss finding a place for Rick to stay. "He's been a really loving member of the community and it's not been a problem."

Rick and his dog Dingo have been watched over by residents who make sure his basic needs are met, one pointing out that Rick is willing to contribute in any way he can, "he is a good man."

Rick told us he is overwhelmed by the love and support he is receiving, "I love everybody around here."

He said he fell on hard times seven years ago and has not been able to recover, "The first two years I slept on that sidewalk, and I've been back in this area for five years."

The FOX31 Problem Solvers contacted the property management company and learned they were unaware of the trespass notice issued to Rick.

They said they will discuss the matter with concerned tenants.



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