San Bernardino school looks to recover after killings

Bruno Cirelli
Aprile 18, 2017

Burguan said it was unclear whether that arrest had anything to do with Anderson's wife, also 53.

The Williams Syndrome Association has even put out a statement on their Facebook page in Jonathan's honor: "8 year-old Jonathan Martinez, who died after being shot at North Park Elementary in San Bernardino, had Williams syndrome". He then fatally shot himself.

She and husband Cedric Anderson, had separated just weeks after their January wedding. The two were killed when Smith's estranged husband came to her classroom and open fired Monday morning. Martinez, as well as the 9-year-old boy, were standing behind Smith when the shooting occurred. Authorities do not believe the children were targeted but simply caught in the crossfire. "He started reading and doing long math", Valles said.

A parent of two children who attend North Park Elementary described Smith as patient with the understanding to handle special-needs students. He and the boy who died were standing behind their special-education teacher, Karen Elaine Smith. Anderson was pronounced dead at the scene.

"There's no one who would've been less deserving of this kind of thing than Karen was", Henry Alexander said Tuesday. He did not have a job but previously was employed as a maintenance worker, Burguan said.

Anderson apparently gained access into the school after he told the staff at the front desk he was there to drop something off for his wife.

"I am told she was estranged" said San Bernardino Police Chief, Jarrod Berguan. Furthermore, the school was not aware of any recent problems in Smith's marriage.

Anderson's ex-wife, Natalie Anderson, had sought a restraining order against him in 1996 after he told her he would kill her and her children and take his own life when she refused to pay for their divorce, according to court documents obtained by the New York Daily News. The Times reports that a triage area has been set up, quoting a spokesman from the San Bernardino County Fire Department who called it a "developing situation".

Cedric Anderson had four prior arrests, but no convictions and no record that would have barred him from possessing firearms.

Leon and Rachel Brandy said in a news release sent by the San Bernardino City Unified School District that they want to thank the community for the outpouring of support.

"Those closest to her said that she had mentioned that his behaviour was odd and that she was concerned about his behaviour, and that he had made some threats toward her", Burguan said during a news conference, according to The Washington Post. Authorities asked media and others to respect the family's wish for privacy.

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