Elderly man freezes to death locked out of senior complex - FOX13 News, WHBQ FOX 13

Elderly man freezes to death locked out of senior complex

Posted: Updated:
Daughter Theresa says she had seen her father, Homer, just hours before he died. Daughter Theresa says she had seen her father, Homer, just hours before he died.
Homer became locked out of the Morton Manor Apartments when he went through a back door. Homer became locked out of the Morton Manor Apartments when he went through a back door.
DETROIT (WJBK) -

A 76-year-old man died tragically when he froze to death after getting locked out of his senior living complex in Detroit.

His two daughters received a call that their father, Homer Hallum, had left the building through a back door and became locked out of the building. He was also trapped in the parking lot, which is gated, and did not have a key or a key fob to get back into the building or out of the parking lot.

"He had no other choice in blistering cold, below-zero weather - all he could do is lay down and, basically, die," says his daughter Shelia Garrison.  

The temperature that night was three degrees with a wind chill of negative 20.

"The guard that retrieved him from outside said he was stiff as a board and that he was cold as ice, like, heavy cold," says Garrison.  

Hallum died on the way to the hospital.

His family has so many questions, such as if the apartment building ever told their father not to use the back door, or if this has happened before. They say management at the complex, Morton Manor, has not answered their questions. Management also declined to talk to FOX 2's Erika Erickson.

VIDEO: Click on the video player above to watch the report from Erika Erickson


"Anybody out there, check on your loved ones every day, because you don't want to get the call that I got," says daughter Theresa Hallum.

The funeral for Hallum will be Friday, March 7 at the Barksdale Funeral Home on East State Fair in Detroit beginning at 1 p.m. The viewing is Thursday, March 6 from 5-8 p.m.

  • Download the FOX 2 Apps


  • FOX 2 News Five-Day Forecast
  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • Neighbors tie pink ribbons to remember murdered Armada teen

    Neighbors tie pink ribbons to remember murdered Armada teen

    Monday, July 28 2014 5:48 PM EDT2014-07-28 21:48:30 GMT
    The community in Armada Township is pulling together to support the family of murdered 14-year-old April Millsap.
    The community in Armada Township is pulling together to support the family of murdered 14-year-old April Millsap.
  • Power outage numbers across southeast Michigan

    Power outage numbers across southeast Michigan

    Monday, July 28 2014 4:38 PM EDT2014-07-28 20:38:56 GMT
    As of 4 p.m., approximately 126,000 DTE Energy customers are out of power due to the high winds and lightning that hit southeast Michigan Sunday afternoon. DTE has restored power to 60,000 of the customers impacted by the storm.
    As of 4 p.m., approximately 126,000 DTE Energy customers are out of power due to the high winds and lightning that hit southeast Michigan Sunday afternoon. DTE has restored power to 60,000 of the customers impacted by the storm.
  • Let It Rip Weekend Proposal One and the Mongo Brothers

    Let It Rip Weekend Proposal One and the Mongo Brothers

    Let It Rip Weekend Proposal One and the Mongo Brothers

    Monday, July 28 2014 2:46 PM EDT2014-07-28 18:46:07 GMT
    How is Proposal One tied into funding our local schools, police and fire departments, plus should African Americans abandon the Democratic Party and the UAW?
    How is Proposal One tied into funding our local schools, police and fire departments, plus should African Americans abandon the Democratic Party and the UAW?

Powered by WorldNow

WHBQ-TV | Fox 13
485 S. Highland St.
Memphis, TN 38111

Main Station: (901) 320-1313
Newsroom: (901) 320-1340

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices