Tina Dawson was home in her tent in the parking lot next to Royal Athletic Park in Victoria on Sunday when she heard an all too familiar scream.

“I can just recall hearing a guttural scream and I know that scream unfortunately too well and I went and he was deceased,” she told CHEK News.

Dawson says the man, who was in his 30’s, was a trusted member of the small encampment, which opened at the end of 2020 and has about 34 tents.

It’s believed he died of a suspected drug overdose. There is no operator at the parking lot encampment and while outreach workers and bylaw officers visit the site daily there are no on-site supports.

The North Park Neighbourhood Association believes the tragedy could have been prevented if the shelter at nearby Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre had been reopened.