Boy killed in classroom was 'happy child' with rare disorder

The gunman, Cedric Anderson, then fatally shot himself. Anderson has been identified by authorities as the person who shot to death Karen Elaine Smith, 53, identified as his wife, as she taught a special education class at North Park Elementary School in San Bernardino, Calif., Monday, April 10, 2017.

Hundreds of people attended a candlelight vigil for the victims Tuesday evening at North Park Elementary.

Ruben Gutierrez, the grandfather of Jonathan Martinez's friend Jeffrey Imbriani, said the shooting was "just beyond words".

A 9-year-old student who was wounded in the shooting remains hospitalized Tuesday. And he wanted him to have good associations with the place before it reopens next week. “Nevertheless, we will learn from this tragedy, and we will emerge as a stronger and safer school district.”.

The New York Daily News reports (http://nydn.us/2pqHT7s ) Tuesday that Natalie Anderson filed for the restraining order against her then-husband Cedric Anderson in Los Angeles in 1996.

Jonathan Martinez was near his teacher, 53-year-old Karen Smith, when her husband Cedric Anderson walked into her North Park Elementary School classroom and opened fire Monday morning. They separated in March, after marrying in late January, and in the weeks before Monday's violence, Smith told family members her new husband had tried to get her to return home and threatened her, according to San Bernardino Police Chief Jarrod Burguan.

Killed was Jonathan Martinez, 8, who had a rare genetic condition known as Williams syndrome and had survived heart surgery. "Jonathan loved to give hugs", said school Principal Yadira Downing. That boy, whose name was not been released, was expected to recover.

"There's no one who would've been less deserving of this kind of thing than Karen was", Henry Alexander said Tuesday.

As a memorial continued to grow on the sidewalk outside of the elementary school, parents and colleagues remembered Smith as a dedicated educator who cared deeply for her students and was devoted to education.

Burguan said at the time of the shooting, Smith and two adult aides were in the classroom, along with 15 special needs students ranging from first to fourth grades.

Mary Fields, a fellow teacher, said Smith loved kids.

Finding comfort in prayer, Amanda Sloan thought of her 7-year-old son who she said witnessed the shooting of his teacher and classmate.

"She had a huge impact on his life".

"He came in, and very, very quickly upon entering the classroom started shooting", Burguan said, adding that officers responded within minutes. "You've done for him but I couldn't do".

"She effectively kept her private life private", Burguan said.

  • Elsie Buchanan