Sole Survivor, 9, of Murder-Suicide That Killed Entire Family Dies

Ezekiel Valdivia dies after his father killed his mom, 3 brothers on Nov. 16
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 25, 2019 7:47 AM CST
Boy Who Survived Murder- Suicide Shooting Dies
A body is carried out on a gurney at the home where a domestic shooting took place in the Paradise Hills section of San Diego on Nov. 16, 2019.   (Hayne Palmour IV/The San Diego Union-Tribune via AP)

He was the only survivor of a murder-suicide shooting that claimed the lives of his mother and three brothers. Now, a 9-year-old California boy has also died. Per the San Diego Union-Tribune, Karl Albright says his nephew Ezekiel Valdivia, who'd been on life support since the Nov. 16 shooting in the Paradise Hills section of San Diego, was pronounced dead late Saturday. Albright added that doctors had proclaimed his nephew brain-dead, per CBS News 8. Ezekiel's father, 31-year-old Jose Valdivia, had turned a gun on Ezekiel, the boy's mother, and his three brothers (ages 3, 5, and 11) the day after mom Sabrina Rosario, 29, had obtained a restraining order against her estranged husband, whom she was trying to divorce.

After Rosario filed for the divorce in June, Valdivia started a harassment campaign, showing up at her home and repeatedly texting her, per court and police records; one text included a photo of a handgun with beer cans and a bottle of alcohol in the background. "This threat really scared me," Rosario said, per court documents. KGTV reports Ezekiel's organs will be donated and that he'll be buried with his mother and brothers. "We had a lot of hope that Ezekiel would make it, and then last night, we lost our hope," another relative tells CBS. "He's going to be with his mom and his brothers, so we know he's at peace now." Albright adds, per KSWB: "He's home with his family. They're playing, they're Rollerblading, skating around, chasing Pokemon up in heaven." (More murder-suicide stories.)

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