8-year-old killed in school shooting had survived heart surgery

Brittany BishopApr 16, 2017

San Bernardino, a city of 216,000 people about 60 miles east of Los Angeles, was the site of a December 2015 terror attack that killed 14 people and wounded 22 others at a meeting of San Bernardino County employees.

(AP Photo/Jae C. Hong).

A candlelight vigil was planned for the victims Tuesday evening at North Park Elementary. A man walked into his estranged wife's elementary school classroom in San Bernardino and opened fire on Monday. "I hope she is OK", Hendran said.

"The first week after a woman makes the courageous decision to leave an abusive relationship is often the most unsafe week of her life", said Bryan Pacheco of Safe Horizon, an organization that supports victims of domestic violence. "Her whole life was surrounded around kids and helping them, and helping them build a future".

The 8-year-old boy who was shot dead inside his special needs classroom was a happy child who had a genetic disorder his family wants the world to know about.

One girl described Smith as a "nice" teacher who would "help people that needed help".

Dale Marsden, superintendent of the San Bernardino City Unified School District, said at a news conference Jonathan Martinez had Williams syndrome, a rare disorder characterized by learning delays, mild-to-moderate intellectual disabilities and heart problems. Children with Williams tend to be more social and friendly.

Jonathan died shortly after being flown to Loma Linda University Medical Center. Student Jonathan Martinez, 8, who was sitting behind Smith, was shot and killed as well.

Frantic parents rushed to North Park Elementary.

They had separated and when they did not reconcile, he went to her special-education classroom and fatally shot her and one of the children she taught before turning the gun on himself, police said Tuesday.

Anderson had posted that he "loved being married to Karen Smith-Anderson!" - calling her "an angel". Last month, a man who reportedly abused his estranged wife allegedly killed her divorce lawyer, two of her co-workers, and a responding police officer in Wisconsin. Smith moved out of their home and had been staying with family.

The young boy was not in school Monday but when Valles heard the shooting was in Smith's classroom, she said she nearly passed out.

Police Chief Jarrod Burguan told reporters Tuesday that Cedric Anderson had faced a weapons charge, and those involving domestic violence and theft from 1982 to 2013. LifeStream is a local, nonprofit blood bank that provides blood products and services to more than 80 Southern California hospitals.

Investigators found a note that made reference to the couple's relationship, feeling dishonored and "moving forward with no regrets", Burguan said.

School district officials said classes at North Park Elementary would resume Monday.

As word of the shooting spread, panicked parents raced to the school, some in tears, some praying as they anxiously sought information about their children.

Nine-year-old Marissa Perez said she got under a table as soon as she saw the gunman enter her classroom Monday.

One eight-year-old boy, Jonathan Martinez, died from his wounds.

All of the incidents detail an alleged history of domestic violence prior to the shooting Monday in San Bernardino.

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