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Beloved homeless man dies after altercation on San Jose street
7 years ago
http://www.mercurynews.com/crime/ci_5788212 By Scott Herhold Mercury News Columnist Article Launched: 04/30/2007 07:09:10 PM PDT The cheery hellos were gone Monday afternoon at the corner of Market and Santa Clara streets. So was the American flag cap and Boo-Boo the dog. All that was left on the ledge where Cornelius Van Der Vies usually perched was a roll of red crime-scene tape. The beloved man atop the hierarchy of the homeless in San Jose was dead, his body laid out for hours on the sidewalk as San Jose detectives investigated his death. And the people in the eight-story Entrepreneur Center building - who had largely adopted the 67-year-old as their own - shook their heads in grief and astonishment. "People are shocked," said attorney Jim Sunseri, who spearheaded a drive to repair Cornelius' van at Christmas of 2005. "It makes no sense at all. He was loved in this building. For a so-called homeless person, he was special." Defying prejudices Cornelius defied all the ordinary prejudices about the homeless. He was exceedingly polite, sometimes even mildly flirtatious with women. He took showers every five days and trimmed his beard. He was ready to exchange thoughts on the weather or the habits of Australian sheep dogs. And though he had very little, he was often willing to help other people out. When I interviewed him in December of 2005, he was hoping to raise $2,600 for an engine job on his 1986 Volkswagen van, a matter of concern because the van doubled as his home: If he lost it, he and Boo-Boo might have no place to sleep. With Christmas coming, readers responded generously, raising more than twice what Cornelius needed. And even though he had to give up his regular night-time parking spot under a freeway overpass on Bassett Street after getting a $341 ticket not long ago, he arrived breezily every morning to claim his place. Cornelius gave only a few details about his past. He was born in Holland, and came to the United States at 7. He once milked cows. And he liked the valley because he would never go hungry. But two things stood out about him: He treasured his freedom, and was determined to stay away from the shelters. And he loved his dog, a mix of Australian shepherd and dingo who began following Cornelius one day in Barstow six years ago. When Cornelius christened the dog, he thought of himself as Yogi Bear. Monday's tragedy It was Boo-Boo who was at the center of events Monday, which police say occurred just before 11:45 a.m. Cornelius used to explain that Boo-Boo didn't like the homeless: It was something about the smell. According to attorney Sunseri, another homeless man began throwing objects at Boo-Boo. That pushed Cornelius to anger, and the two men exchanged angry words. Sunseri said the other man then repeatedly kicked and hit Cornelius, who collapsed and could not be revived. Witnesses say a man with long gray hair was taken into custody. For most of the afternoon, Cornelius' body lay behind a partition as detectives gathered clues. Was it homicide? A heart attack brought on by the exertion of a fight? Sgt. Nick Muyo of the San Jose police would say only that police were treating the death as "suspicious." An autopsy is pending. And Boo-Boo? Muyo says a dog in this situation is taken in by animal control officers, who ordinarily transport it to the San Jose animal care center on Monterey Road. But it's hard to see Boo-Boo with anyone else but Cornelius. Like his master, Boo-Boo had a patriotic appearance. He sometimes wore an American flag over the blanket around his midriff. Contact Scott Herhold at sherhold@mercurynews.com or (408) 920-5877. *fair use*
7 years ago
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In this November 2005 file photo, Cornelius Van Der Vies and his dog "Boo Boo" wait on the corner of Market and East Santa Clara Streets for donations for their ailing volkswagen van (background,right) , which was in need of a new engine. (Len Vaughn-Lahman/Mercury News)
here comes rain;may day;dead day (...)
7 years ago

Sad sad sad;so sad... Cornelius Van Der Vais is dead on the road.This news too much touching me... at the picture his& dog... mmmmm

people must be more faster than all systems.much more,more than bee's... must action...

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Groups promise to find place for slain homeless man's dog
7 years ago
http://www.mercurynews.com/breakingnews/ci_5794234 Groups promise to find place for slain homeless man's dog By Linda Goldston Mercury News Article Launched: 05/01/2007 05:32:50 PM PDT There is hope for Boo-Boo the cattle dog, the long-time companion of Cornelius Van Der Vies. The two were a familiar sight around the Entrepreneur Building in downtown San Jose, where Van Der Vies, who was homeless, liked to spend his days. After Van Der Vies, 67, was found dead at Santa Clara and Market streets on Monday, Boo-Boo was taken to San Jose Animal Care Center and people started calling about the fate of the dog. A witness told the Mercury News that Van Der Vies died after a scuffle with another homeless man, who allegedly had been throwing things at Boo-Boo. Police are waiting on autopsy results. "There's nothing clear cut about this," said San Jose Police Sgt. Nick Muyo said today. "We're still investigating, still trying to figure out what happened." And steps are under way to find Boo-Boo a good home. He doesn't know it yet, but Boo-Boo is headed for a life off the streets, something he apparently never had while Van Der Vies was alive. "We think we may have identified a next of kin, someone from" Van Der Vies' family, said Jon Cicirelli, deputy director of San Jose's Animal Care and Services department." If confirmed as next-of-kin, the relative would have the right to adopt Boo-Boo. If the relative isn't interested in taking an old man's dog, several dog rescue groups have called the shelter, promising to find a good home for Boo-Boo, Cicirelli said. "Either way, he should move pretty quickly," he said. Boo-Boo is about seven years old and weighs about 50 pounds. When the shelter staff visits him, "he seems scared, which is not uncommon for most dogs," Cicirelli said. "On the first day in the kennel, it's adjusting to smells and sounds." Anyone with information about the case is asked to call Detective Sgt. Paul Kelly or Detective Dave Anaya of the San Jose Police Department's Homicide Unit at (408) 277-5283. Tipsters wishing to remain anonymous may call Crime Stoppers at (408) 947-STOP. Contact Linda Goldston at lgoldston@mercurynews.com or (408) 920-5862. *fair use*
Effort on to find a home for San Jose homeless man's dog
7 years ago
http://origin.mercurynews.com/crime/ci_5798666 Effort on to find a home for San Jose homeless man's dog SHELTER FIELDS OFFERS FOR BEREAVED CANINE By Linda Goldston Mercury News Article Launched: 05/02/2007 01:34:15 AM PDT There is hope for Boo-Boo the cattle dog, the longtime companion of Cornelius Van Der Vies. The two were a familiar sight around the Entrepreneur Building in downtown San Jose, where Van Der Vies, who was homeless, liked to spend his days. After Van Der Vies, 67, was found dead at Santa Clara and Market streets Monday, Boo-Boo was taken to San Jose Animal Care Center and people started calling about the fate of the dog. A witness told the Mercury News that Van Der Vies died after a scuffle with another homeless man, who allegedly had been throwing things at Boo-Boo. Police are waiting on autopsy results. "There's nothing clear-cut about this," San Jose police Sgt. Nick Muyo said Tuesday. "We're still investigating, still trying to figure out what happened." And steps are under way to find Boo-Boo a good home. He doesn't know it yet, but Boo-Boo is headed for a life off the streets, something he apparently never had while Van Der Vies was alive. "We think we may have identified a next of kin, someone from" Van Der Vies' family, said Jon Cicirelli, deputy director of San Jose's Animal Care and Services department. If confirmed as next-of-kin, the relative would have the right to adopt Boo-Boo. If the relative isn't interested in taking the dog, several dog rescue groups have called the shelter, promising to find a good home for Boo-Boo, Cicirelli said. "Either way, he should move pretty quickly," he said. Boo-Boo is about 7 years old and weighs about 50 pounds. When the shelter staff visits him, "he seems scared, which is not uncommon for most dogs," Cicirelli said. "On the first day in the kennel, it's adjusting to smells and sounds." Anyone with information about the case is asked to call detective Sgt. Paul Kelly or detective Dave Anaya of the San Jose Police Department's Homicide Unit at (408) 277-5283. Tipsters wishing to remain anonymous may call Crime Stoppers at (408) 947-STOP. Contact Linda Goldston at lgoldston@mercurynews.com or (408) 920-5862. *fair use*
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