Officials release name of slain man

Officials release name of slain man

There are 3 comments on the Palo Alto Daily News story from Mar 12, 2008, titled Officials release name of slain man. In it, Palo Alto Daily News reports that:

Friends and acquaintances of the 72-year-old Palo Alto resident stabbed to death late last week described him Tuesday as a gentleman and a devoted boyfriend.
Friends and acquaintances of the 72-year-old Palo Alto resident stabbed to death late last week described him Tuesday as a gentleman and a devoted boyfriend. <br/> <br/>The Minnesota native, whom police identified Tuesday as Robert Haggquist, was found dead Friday evening at the home of his girlfriend, Electra Van Bragt. Authorities arrested Herman Van Bragt, 46, of Auburn, early the next morning on suspicion of homicide and assault with a deadly weapon at his mother's residence on the 2500 block of Waverley Street. <br/> <br/>Herman Van Bragt, also known as Tim, remains in custody at the Santa Clara County jail in San Jose and is scheduled to be arraigned today. <br/> <br/>News of Haggquist's slaying sent shock waves through Palo Alto's senior community, particularly at Avenidas, the popular downtown senior center. <br/> <br/>"This is stressful," said Thomas Barry, 87, who knew the Van Bragt family and Haggquist. "I know all three" of them. <br/> <br/>Electra Van Bragt and Haggquist were a delightful couple and always went out of their way to help others, Barry said. When Barry's son was dying in 2005, the retirees came to his home to provide assistance and comfort, he said. <br/> <br/>"They were very generous," Barry said. <br/> <br/>Barry, a retired Palo Alto High School European history teacher, said he taught Herman Van Bragt in 1977, when he was a sophomore. <br/> <br/>On Thursday, Barry recalled seeing Herman Van Bragt at Avenidas over lunch. <br/> <br/>"He came up to me and said 'Hello, Dr. Barry,'" he said. "Tim was polite, always, with me." <br/> <br/>But according to neighbors, Herman Van Bragt suffered from bipolar disorder and recently quit taking his medication. They said he was struggling with the recent death of his father. <br/> <br/>Peter Salo, 71, who was friends with the elderly couple, said he met Herman Van Bragt a few years ago, adding that he may have been "twisted in the head." <br/> <br/>Salo recalled playing Trivial Pursuit with Haggquist at the senior center almost every day in a group of about a dozen people. He described Haggquist as a generous sort who even helped him take care of his cat. <br/> <br/>Others remembered the retired chemist working alongside his girlfriend as a precinct worker during Super Tuesday last month. <br/> <br/>Precinct inspector Bill Copeland, who was in charge of the graduate center at Stanford University, said Haggquist was a flexible and hard worker who liked to talk about genealogy. <br/> <br/>The couple seemed close, fellow precinct worker Debra Dinatale said. <br/> <br/>"He did a lot for her," she said. "He was right there for her if something came up. ... He was always by her side." <br/> <br/> <br/> <br/>E-mail Melanie Carroll at [email protected] <br/>
Shoddy reporting

Stanford, CA

#1 Mar 12, 2008
For God's sake ... what was the relationship between Herman Van Bragt and Electra Van Bragt? Essential, basic facts, anyone? Estranged couple, brother and sister, cousins, what?!
None

Jackson, CA

#2 Jun 5, 2008
Is pretty much alike that, Electra van Bragt kill her own son...long,long time ago, before all this episode
Ciline

Seattle, WA

#3 Oct 22, 2012
None wrote:
Is pretty much alike that, Electra van Bragt kill her own son...long,long time ago, before all this episode
Why do you say that?

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