Brief Marriage Predates Murder-Suicide at CA School

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A brief marriage and quick estrangement occurred before a man walked into his wife’s elementary school class and opened fire without saying a word, killing her and an 8-year-old student and wounding a 9-year-old student before fatally shooting himself, the Associated Press reports. Six weeks earlier, 53-year-old Cedric Anderson was a newlywed calling his 53-year-old wife Karen Smith an “angel” in one of many social media posts professing his love. It is not clear what motivated Anderson to open fire in the special-education classroom at North Park Elementary School in San Bernardino, Ca., yesterday. “No one has come forward to say they saw this coming,” said Police Chief Jarrod Burguan. Anderson had a history of weapons, domestic violence and possible drug charges that predated the marriage.

What appears to be his Facebook page features many public declarations of his love for Smith between statements of religious devotion before his last public post on March 15. But Smith left him about a month and a half after their late-January marriage, police and family members said. Smith’s mother, Irma Sykes, told the Los Angeles Times, “She thought she had a wonderful husband, but she found out he was not wonderful at all.” School staffers knew Anderson, who followed the proper protocol and got into the school through the front office by saying he had to drop something off for Smith, school district officials said. Smith was his target and the two boys were hit as he was firing at her, Burguan said. He emptied and reloaded the gun before turning it on himself.

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