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4 Homeless Freeze to Death in Santa Clara County

Autopsies revealed that the people died from hypothermia.

Known homeless encampments are being checked for victims. (Photo: Patch Archive)
Known homeless encampments are being checked for victims. (Photo: Patch Archive)

Four homeless people have died in Santa Clara County due to exposure to cold weather conditions, the county medical examiner's office announced Friday.
           
Based on results of autopsies, the people succumbed from hypothermia, according to the medical examiner's office.
           
The names, ages and genders of the individuals are not yet being released.

Earlier this week, the county opened three warming shelters in advance of the cold weather.

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Irene Aida Garza-Ortiz December 07, 2013 at 05:41 PM
As I was walking my Doggy, I saw a Homeless Man laying on the front lawn of a Medical Center. Very Sad! There's plenty of Shelters, why is it that they don't want 2 go there?
Larry Arzie December 07, 2013 at 07:52 PM
A lot of the homeless belong in places like Agnew but those days are gone. Mental problem citizens are put out on the streets.
Collette Lynner December 08, 2013 at 10:45 AM
Over what period of time did they perish? In what cities were they found? Where are the warming shelters located and when are they in operation? Which are in walking distance from Los Gatos?
Bea Karnes (Editor) December 08, 2013 at 12:34 PM
The first body was discovered on Nov. 28. One was found Monday, and two on Thursday. All were men. Three were found in San Jose, while the 4th was in a garage in Saratoga that was open to the elements. The warming shelters are in San Jose, Sunnyvale and Gilroy. They opened after the first two men died. There were openings available Wednesday night, when two of the victims died. By law, the homeless cannot be forced into shelters.
Lynne Bryant, CS December 08, 2013 at 01:03 PM
This is so sad, I hope others out there in the cold know where to go and find shelter.
Marilyn Leonard December 08, 2013 at 05:16 PM
As Larry mentioned, a lot of these people are mentally disturbed and so they aren't able to pull themselves together enough to get to a shelter. We don't do right by these people since the mental facilities were closed during the Reagan administration and these people were turned out into the streets.
Robin Streicker December 09, 2013 at 05:14 PM
I think a lot of these shelters reach capacity early in the day/evening. I'm not sure if the restrictions such as limits on number of people they'll take in goes away in this type of weather...but clearly the homeless out number the amount of shelters/beds available to date.

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