San Bernardino Community Gathers for Vigil Remembering Teacher Killed in School Shooting

Posted April 20, 2017

Smith and 8-year-old Jonathan Martinez were killed. Jonathan died from his injuries hours after the shooting. In addition to killing Smith, he fatally shot student Jonathan Martinez, 8, and wounded Nolan Brandy, 9.

The other student, a 9-year-old, is hospitalized in stable condition. Anyone who wishes to visit North Park Elementary School will not be allowed in without answering questions.

Authorities say a man told a San Bernardino school that he had come to drop something off for his teacher-wife before shooting and killing her and a student in a special-needs classroom. The two married months earlier, according to police.

The police chief of San Bernardino says a shooting at an elementary school appears to be a murder-suicide. The classroom since Monday has been cleaned, re-carpeted and painted but will not be used for students.

Sykes said her daughter was a dedicated teacher who took up the profession about 10 years ago after her four children grew up. One child has been reunited with family, KTLA reported.

"As one of you said, we do get a bad rap in San Bernardino", school board member Gwen Dowdy-Rodgers told a group of North Park parents and staff members Wednesday. Counselors and additional staff members will be at the campus to provide any needed support when the school reopens Monday. Other parents praised the swift and calm manner in which North Park teachers evacuated students to safety, crediting them with saving children's lives. Admit where adults may not have done everything right, but also assure them that police and school officials are working to change things.

The students were bused to California State University's San Bernardino campus after some were escorted out of the school by police.

A SWAT officer is seen outside of North Park Elementary School in San Bernardino following a shooting on April 10, 2017. Ron Maass said at a news conference that his firearm, a.357 revolver, wasn't visible when he went to the school. Marsden said general policy for adult visitors to classrooms involves showing identification and stating goal of the visit.

What appears to be Anderson's Facebook page features many public declarations of love for Smith between statements of religious devotion before his last public post on March 15.

District staff and others would put together an after-action report analyzing what happened, how everyone responded and what could have been done differently, as the district did after the December 2, 2015, terrorist attack in San Bernardino, he said.