Hope, Healing at Vigils for San Bernardino School Shooting Victims

2 adults dead in San Bernardino school shooting

A woman kisses her son during a prayer service held to honor the shooting victims at North Park Elementary School, Monday, April 10, 2017, in San Bernardino, Calif.

A day after a heartbreaking shooting left a teacher and 8-year-old special needs student dead in San Bernardino, details of a distressing alleged past of domestic violence emerged Tuesday after multiple restraining orders against the shooter came to light.

Williams Syndrome is characterized by medical problems, learning disabilities, highly social personalities and an affinity for music.

But those close to Smith told police she said Anderson's behavior had become odd and he had threatened her, Burguan said.

Smith was his target and the two boys were hit as he was firing at her, the police chief said.

School shootings have grabbed so many headlines in recent years that we've nearly become accustomed to them.

"He's up and watching cartoons", said San Bernardino City Unified Superintendent Dale Marsden.A memorial with candles, flowers and teddy bears was started at the elementary school.

Karen Elaine Smith, 53, was killed.

Smith resisted moving back in with Anderson, but "didn't necessarily take those threats serious", Burguan said.

Camilo Rocha, left, comforts his daughter, Serina, a 11-year-old student at North Park Elementary School, after they were reunited at Cajon High School, Monday, April 10, 2017, in San Bernardino, Calif., after a deadly shooting occurred at the elementary school.

The two students who were struck by gunfire were standing behind Smith, the police chief said.

"I think this would have been just been too traumatic for him to be here", she said.

Counselors and psychologists trained in helping children and victims cope with trauma are meeting with families and school staff to begin the healing process for the more than 500 students who attend North Park Elementary. Anderson emptied and reloaded the gun before turning it on himself.

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. Officials said they could be there for several hours as police interview them. He said by all accounts Jonathan was a happy child.

"Parents often say the joy and perspective a child with Williams syndrome brings into their lives had been unimaginable", Marsden said Tuesday, quoting from the Williams syndrome Association. On the site, his loved ones call Jonathan their "family angel". I went under the table and then I saw a teacher run out.

Rep. Norma Torres said her "heart breaks for those who were killed and injured and for the young students who have had their innocence shattered by this tragedy".

"The first week after a woman makes the courageous decision to leave an abusive relationship is often the most risky week of her life", said Bryan Pacheco of Safe Horizon, an organization that supports victims of domestic violence.

Police say Anderson had a troubled past, including domestic violence and weapons charges.

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