SAN BERNARDINO >> The eight-yr-previous boy killed in a faculty capturing alongside together with his instructor, is being remembered as all the time smiling and jovial.
“Jonathan Martinez was a cheerful baby born with Williams Syndrome,” stated San Bernardino Metropolis Unified Faculty District Superintendent Dale Marsden Tuesday throughout a information convention. The household, which is from Mexico, officers confirmed, didn’t need to converse to the media and as an alternative had Marsden converse for them. “He was a pleasure.”
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Nevertheless, a couple of relations shared their reminiscences and footage of the younger boy on social media.
Dressed as his favourite character from the Mexican tv present, El Chavo del Ocho, a member of the family who would solely determine herself as Lexi on Twitter, posted “Rip little angel, you didn’t deserve this. You’re reuniting with ur(sic) grandpa now … listening to this on the information I had no concept it might be you.”
Jonathan was killed Monday within the capturing at North Park Elementary Faculty in San Bernardino. His instructor Karen Elaine Smith, fifty three, was additionally shot and killed. Smith’s estranged husband Cedric Anderson, fifty three, of Riverside, later turned the gun on himself. One other scholar, a 9-yr-previous boy, stays hospitalized in secure situation.
The guts surgical procedures the younger boy endured the primary few years of his life due to the Williams Syndrome analysis have been additionally referenced.
“His life was a miracle,” she posted. “He virtually had his life taken by well being points however just for a number of (years) later it to be taken by some fool.”
One other member of the family arrange a GoFundMe account to assist the household with funeral prices.
“I’m making an attempt to assist my cousins increase cash for funeral bills & meals to assist present for her household on this time of want,” wrote Brianna Lopez, Martinez’s cousin. “My entire household would tremendously recognize any forth coming donations, the love and help on this time of want.”
The donations the fund has acquired grew expomentially on Tuesday, elevating tens of hundreds of dollars by the night.
“We truthfully can’t thank everybody sufficient,” Lopez posted Tuesday. “We recognize everybody’s candy phrases, and we’re very speechless. Thanks (for) coming collectively. We’ll maintain everybody up to date on any additional information. My household really really appreciates every thing from the underside of our hearts.”