Mar 24, 2016 5:02 PM

Fast-food co-workers of man who died in Manchester jail plan march, demand answers

MANCHESTER - Co-workers of a homeless man who died in the Valley Street jail plan to march on his behalf on Friday.

Fast-food workers at the Burger King in Nashua say Jeffrey Pendleton, 26, had been active in the fight to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour. Workers in the Fight for $15 announced on Thursday they'd march on the Hillsborough County House of Corrections on Friday afternoon.

“Even though he worked in a multi-billion dollar industry, Jeffrey was living on the streets and died in a police cell because he was poor. It’s an injustice to all of us that he died, and we need answers now. Jeffrey was fighting for higher pay and union rights because he knew a better future was possible,” Nashua fast-food worker Andy Fontaine, who worked with Jeffrey at Burger King, said in a statement.

Pendleton died March 13 after he was found unconscious in his cell. He was being held on an "act prohibited" charge. Jail officials say there had been no indication he was in distress.

Pendleton's family in Arkansas is raising money for his burial and said they were not aware he was homeless.

"We will work tirelessly to get justice for our kind and loving Jeffery," wrote April Pendleton.

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