Hospitalized 9-Year-Old Boy Dies Two Weeks After Paradise-Hills Murder Suicide
Monday, November 25, 2019
Credit: Karl Albright
A 9-year-old boy who was shot along with his mother and three brothers by his father in their Paradise Hills home has died, the Medical Examiner's Office said Sunday.
Ezekiel Valdivia was pronounced dead at 11:23 p.m. Saturday, according to Investigator Fernanda Alonzo of the San Diego County Medical Examiner's Office. Doctors at Rady Children's Hospital had told the family that Ezekiel was brain dead and not responding to any of their tests.
The boy had been in critical condition on life support since being shot by his father, Jose Valdivia, 31, who also fatally shot four other family members: Ezekiel's mother, Sabrina Rosario, 29; and his brothers, Zeth, 11; Zuriel, 5; and Enzi, 3. Jose then turned the gun on himself, police said.
Police discovered the bodies of Jose, Sabrina and Enzi in the family's home the morning of Nov. 16. Zeth, Zuriel and Ezekiel were taken to the hospital, where Zeth and Zuriel were pronounced dead. Doctors performed emergency surgery on Ezekiel, then put him on life support.
Jose began stalking and harassing Rosario when the couple separated about a year ago, according to court documents and family members.
The divorce she filed in June was scheduled to be finalized in December.
She had obtained a restraining order against Valdivia the day before the shooting.
A GoFundMe page was set up by Sabrina's brother-in-law, Karl Albright, to pay for medical and funeral expenses for the family. The site has raised more than $56,000 as of Sunday.
Members of the community held a candlelight vigil for the family Friday at the Paradise Hills United Church of Christ.
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