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Paradise Hills Deadly Shooting Shines Light On Domestic Violence

San Diego police at the scene of a murder-suicide where two adults and three ...

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Above: San Diego police at the scene of a murder-suicide where two adults and three children were found dead inside a home on the 2100 block of Flintridge Drive in Paradise Hills on Nov. 16, 2019.

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As the investigation into Saturday's fatal shooting in Paradise Hills continues, San Diego olice officials say it appears to be a case of "domestic violence murder-suicide."

Aired: November 25, 2019 | Transcript

As the investigation into Saturday's fatal shooting in Paradise Hills continues, San Diego police officials say it appears to be a case of "domestic violence murder-suicide."

In the months leading up to the shooting, Jose Valdivia threatened and harrassed Sabrina Rosario. He messaged her a picture of a handgun with alcohol containers in the background and told her a restraining order "would do nothing." A day after Rosario secured a restraining order against her estranged husband, Valdivia drove to Rosario's home and killed her and three of their sons before killing himself. A fourth son remains in critical condition.

"Anytime there's a tragedy like this, it poses the question, 'What could we have done? What could we have done differently? What could we have done better? What could we have done sooner?' And so certainly those questions are lingering for me as well as many others that I'm working with in the field," said Jessica Yaffa, outgoing president of the San Diego Domestic Violence Council.

Yaffa joined Midday Edition on Thursday to talk about resources available to victims of domestic violence and what more can be done to protect them.

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