Hundreds of people gathered at San Bernardino’s North Park Elementary School Tuesday evening for a vigil remembering a teacher and a student who were killed in a shooting there the previous day.
Karen Eliane Smith, 53, a special needs teacher at the school, and Jonathan Martinez, 8, were shot and killed by Smith’s estranged husband, Cedric Anderson, when he entered her classroom Monday morning.
Anderson, also 53, then fatally shot himself, without saying a word.
A 9-year-old boy who was injured in the shooting is recovering at a hospital.
The school remained closed Tuesday for the investigation, but members of the community gathered for a vigil there.
In a tweet, the San Bernardino Police Department said there was a "great showing" from the community at the event. Flowers and stuffed animals lined the street and speakers addressed the all-ages crowd.
“I sat there just crying,” Laurie Swoboda, a San Bernardino resident who attended the vigil said. I can’t imagine what these families are going through and especially these kids. They didn’t ask for this.”
“Our hearts are broken,” said Yadira Downing, principal at North Park Elementary School.
She called Jonathan “precious” and “friendly,” that he loved to give hugs and was “easy to love.”
Mary Fields, a fellow teacher, said Smith loved kids.
“Children were just a part of her life. She was just so dear to them. They were just her babies,” Fields said.