A makeshift shrine of signs, photos and flowers has sprung up around a tree at Third Street and Massachusetts Avenue NE in honor of Peter Bis, a longtime homeless resident of the Capitol Hill area. (Jabin Botsford for The Washington Post)

“When I used to walk to Union Station, I always made it a point to remove my earbuds before walking by Peter, because I knew he would always brighten my day — and he never disappointed.  I fondly remember his “no skinny dipping!” exhortations to people as they were heading home for the weekend. He was always willing to strike up a conversation and he never asked for handouts.”

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