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Cancer-stricken Iraq war veteran faces eviction over 'street family'

A former Marine whose doctor reportedly says he only has four months to live in a fight against bone cancer is now taking on another challenger: his landlord, who is looking to evict him from his Arizona apartment.

Robert Lorentz, a 37-year-old Iraq war veteran, was homeless until last year, when he moved into an apartment complex in Phoenix, AZCentral.com reports.

A variety of people visit Lorentz’s apartment each day. He calls them his “street family,” as they cook him meals and help him change his clothes and use the bathroom.

But apartment owner Emanuel Dobos believes the caregivers are squatters, saying they have trashed the apartment complex and are causing disturbances for other residents, AZCentral.com reports.

Dobos added that he told Lorentz three months ago that he had 30 days to vacate the apartment complex, but the problems have been ongoing.

“I’ve tried to reason with them,” Dobos said. “I have tried not to evict him. But something needs to be done.”

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