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8-Year-Old San Bernardino Shooting Victim Had Williams Syndrome

8-Year-Old San Bernardino Shooting Victim Had Williams Syndrome

Monday morning, Cedric Anderson, 53, of Riverside, went to North Park school, checked-in and went to the classroom where his estranged wife, Karen Elaine Smith, teaches.

The city's school district released a photo of Martinez Tuesday, and announced a candlelight vigil at North Park Elementary scheduled for Tuesday night.

Monday's shooting at North Park Elementary, the latest of dozens of United States schools traumatised by armed intruders in recent years, left a second child badly wounded and reopened a debate about what educators can do to safeguard students against gun violence. At the time of the shooting, the special needs classroom reportedly had 15 students ranging from 1st to 4th grade inside. They were airlifted to Loma Linda University Medical Center.

He wanted the boy to see the flowers, the candles, the balloons, the love shown to his friend, 8-year-old Jonathan Martinez, and the teacher who was also killed.

The couple had married in January and separated in mid-March, with Smith leaving to stay with her adult children, Burguan said. She didn't take him seriously and thought he was just seeking attention, he said.

Anderson had a criminal history that included weapons charges, drug charges and accusations of domestic violence, Burguan said. "In none of those cases was a conviction", he added.

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Jonathan Martinez, 8, had Williams syndrome, a rare disorder that is characterized by learning delays, mild to moderate intellectual disabilities and heart problems, according to Dale Marsden, superintendent of the San Bernardino City Unified School District. Because he was a spouse of one of the teachers, and the administration had not been made aware that there were any issues with Anderson, he was allowed to enter Smith's classroom unattended.

"They knew nothing about the crisis they were in", Marsden said. "This is truly tragic". Without saying a word, the husband stepped into the classroom, pulled out a Smith and Wesson.357 and fired 10 rounds. It was not immediately clear whether the campus has metal detectors or other equipment created to prevent weapons from being carried into the school.

Marie Cabrera, second from right, leads a prayer group near a sidewalk memorial to the teacher and student who were shot to death Monday at North Park Elementary School in San Bernardino, Calif., Tuesday, April 11, 2017.

San Bernardino Police Chief Jarrod Burguan said at a news conference Tuesday that special education instructor Karen Smith had been concerned about her husband Cedric Anderson's behavior just prior to the shooting at North Park Elementary School. According to Smith's mother, she "found out [Anderson] was not wonderful at all" soon after they moved in together, and after she left him, "the trouble began". Television news footage showed students, escorted by police officers, walking off campus hand-in-hand.

"This is a tragedy, especially for young students, but school officials and law enforcement acted quickly to deal with the event". The pro-gun control group Everytown for Gun Safety reported in 2014 that more than half of women murdered with guns in the US are killed by domestic partners, and that from January 2009 through June 2014, almost three of five mass shootings (at least four people killed or wounded) involved an act of domestic violence - crimes that rarely resonate beyond the communities in which they occurred.

We thank all who ensured the timely and professional response to the incident, especially the first responders.

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