San Bernardino got here collectively to mourn Monday night because the group as soon as once more confronted restoration from tragic violence that took harmless lives.
This time, an elementary faculty classroom filled with particular wants youngsters noticed their instructor and one in every of their classmates fatally shot earlier than the gunman turned his weapon on himself. One other scholar was wounded.
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Police stated Cedric Anderson, fifty three, of Riverside, went to North Park Elementary Faculty at 10:30 a.m. Monday and shot his estranged spouse, Karen Elaine Smith, additionally fifty three. Two college students behind her have been wounded, and one Jonathan Martinez, eight, died whereas a 9-yr-previous boy was wounded.
On Monday night group members gathered in Our Woman of the Assumption Roman Catholic Church to seek out therapeutic for the brand new wounds, whereas others made their approach to the varsity to set down candles and flowers.
“You’re just some blocks away from the place the tragedy occurred,” Bishop Gerald Barnes stated at Our Woman of the Assumption as he thanked Rev. Henry M. Sseriiso for opening the church he administers to the group.
“Typically all we will do is cry, and as we speak is the day for that,” Barnes stated. “We’ll rise up once more, we’ll transfer on, we’ll turn into stronger. However at present is the day to cry that we’ve come to such a state.”
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San Bernardino Mayor Carey Davis informed the congregation, “There’s little to say that may consolation, so we stand with you, we raise you up in our prayers.”
A number of blocks away, about forty individuals introduced candles and balloons and hand-drawn footage of rainbows and angels to the nook of the varsity sure in yellow police tape.
Ryan Concepcion, eleven, and a North Park scholar, stated he was there to pay his respects. “It’s simply unhappy, particularly in class, and there have been two youngsters concerned. He might have harm extra youngsters.”
T.J. McGuire, 9, who doesn’t go to North Park, stated that he was scared and doesn’t need to go to high school. His mom, Lourdes Martin, 28, “It’s imagined to be protected zone, however it’s occurred too near residence.”
She seemed down at her son.
“He breaks my coronary heart.” (As a result of he doesn’t need to go to high school.)