After three months of searching in vain for family members of a transient man murdered in downtown Mountain View, Santa Clara County officials last week released his name to the public: Jose Ospina Jaramillo.
Marin County resident Jan Neal, 43, is accused of beating Jaramillo, 55, to death Nov. 4 in the Mountain View City Hall courtyard, located at 500 Castro St. Neal is charged with murder, resisting an officer and attempting to remove a firearm from an officer. His next court date is a plea hearing scheduled March 5.
The Santa Clara County Medical Examiner-Coroner’s Office learned Jaramillo’s identity shortly after his death, but it is office policy to withhold identifications from the public and members of the media until the deceased’s next of kin is notified. After an extended period of time during which no family members stepped forward, the Santa Clara County Public Administrator made an official declaration that he has no legal next of kin and is considered indigent.
Jaramillo died of blunt-force trauma to his face caused by blows to his head, according to District Attorney’s Office reports. Multiple people witnessed the attack, which occurred between performances at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts. They told investigators that Neal repeatedly beat Jaramillo’s head and torso with various objects, including a mountain bike, a metal chair and a metal table.
After fighting off Neal, Mountain View Police Department officers attempted to save Jaramillo with emergency first-aid techniques, but he died at Stanford Hospital the following day, police reports stated.