Group Plans Candlelight Vigil in Honor of Veteran Michael Nicoloro

Essex County District Attorney Jonathan Blodgett’s office has confirmed a body found downtown Monday was that of a well-known homeless person.

Spokeswoman Carrie Kimball-Monahan confirmed Michael Nicoloro, 64, a Vietnam veteran, was the man found at White’s Corner, downtown Haverhill. His body will be released after review by a medical examiner.

Meanwhile, a Facebook tribute page, “In honor of Michael Nicoloro random acts of kindness,” has been established in his honor, and a candlelight vigil is planned.

“So many of us are posting of things we should of done while this man was alive. So in his memory show a random act of kindness. I challenge you! RIP Mike!,” reads a description of a new Facebook page. The page was created by Bonnie Allen-Madigan of Haverhill. Many contributors there are expressing remorse about how Nicoloro, who was known for random shouting outbursts, was treated. They now believed Nicoloro suffered from posttraumatic stress disorder after returning from war.

A candlelight vigil takes place Friday May 8, from 6 to 9 p.m. at Haverhill Stadium. Jacob Hunter Baril of Haverhill created an event page, “Candle Vigil For Our Fallen Hero Michael,” on Facebook. Participants are invited to bring candles, balloons and photographs.

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