Published: Tue, April 18, 2017
World | By Tasha Manning

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

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

The couple divorced in 1997. She was an excellent teacher whose whole life was about kids and helping them build a future, Marie Cabreras said.

San Bernardino: A gunman opened fire at an elementary school in the California city of San Bernardino, killing a teacher and an eight-year-old boy before turning the gun on himself, police said.

A man places wreathes, including one from President Donald Trump, left, at a sidewalk memorial to the teacher and student who were shot to death at North Park Elementary School in San Bernardino, Calif., Tuesday, April 11, 2017. "She was a person who was always doing what she was supposed to be doing all the time".

According to CBS, the fatally wounded boy was Jonathan Martinez, who lived with a rare genetic condition known as Williams syndrome (WS).

"Unlike disorders that can make connecting with your child hard, children with Williams syndrome tend to be social, friendly and endearing", Marsden explained.

"Parents often say the joy and perspective a child with this syndrome brings into their lives had been unimaginable", Marsden continued. "Please continue to pray for him and also for Jonathan Martinez's and Karen Smith's families". As of Tuesday morning, the other boy was in stable condition.

"This was someone we knew", Yadira Downing, Principal North Park Elementary School, said.

San Bernardino city schools superintendent Dale Marsden briefs reporters at police headquarters in San Bernardino, Calif., Tuesday, April 11, 2017. He said police hadn't confirmed those details.

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"I just keep telling him, 'Baby, Miss Smith is on vacation".

She and husband Cedric Anderson, had separated just weeks after their January wedding. But Smith moved out of their home in mid-March amid domestic strife, Burguan said.

Anderson, a self-proclaimed pastor whose Facebook profile is filled with Bible quotes and religious references, had been unemployed but previously held jobs as a maintenance worker, police said.

The police chief also said a note believed to be from Anderson had been found that talked about needing closure and feeling disrespected. The school will remain closed until Monday, Marsden said.

Counselors are being made available at a nearby middle school for students, family and staff.

Fifteen special-needs students and two adult teacher assistants were in the classroom with Smith during the attack, in which 10 shots were fired, police said.

- The San Bernardino community gathered together Tuesday night for a candlelight vigil in honor of the school shooting victims at North Park Elementary. He and the boy who died were standing behind their special-education teacher, Karen Elaine Smith. Burguan said Karen Smith told those closest to her that she didn't necessarily take the threats from her new husband seriously but thought Cedric Anderson was reaching out for attention.

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