Reporters have been combing through the social media posts of the man who shot his wife, a special needs teacher, in the classroom. Cedric Anderson killed Karen Smith at the San bernardino elementary school on Monday morning, before shooting himself. Two children were struck when Anderson shot at Smith and one, 8-year-old Johnathan Martinez, was killed. Many seemed baffled by Anderson’s many frequent Facebook posts about how much he loved his wife. NBC News shared numerous captions to photos and videos of the couple together that seem to indicate a deep affection—or the importance of keeping up a pretense of one.
"Last night, cuddling, listening to the rain after watching my wife choice (girly movie.) This morning 'BAM!' Breakfast is served! I love this lady!" and "My wife Karen is such a pure spirit. She has no guile or pretense. She has no ill will toward anyone. (It amazes me!) ... I praise God for such a wonderful Lady!" The L.A. Times included this vague message from late February, a time when friends of Smith say their relationship was already starting to fall apart: “What I love about my wife, boy. She is making me really happy. She knows when to ignore me. That makes a happy marriage.”
Anderson’s testimonies about his wife are subject to scrutiny following his violent actions, but Smith’s family and friends told NBC Los Angeles that Smith was a dedicated teacher and loving mother to her four adult children. Her son, Adam Smith, told reporters, “She didn't deserve to die like this, she didn't. She deserved better.” He added, “She did not go to that school knowing she was putting anyone in danger. She would never put the lives of her students in danger.”
Sources told NBC that Smith had been moving from relative’s house to relative’s house in order to hide from Anderson. Though they had known each other for years, another side to Anderson was revealed after their marriage, though family members declined to elaborate on specifics. They did say they never expected him to commit such a violent crime.
Anderson’s records do indicate he had a volatile temper. The L.A. Times reports that from 2012 to 2013, police were called to his address on five different occasions, and in 2012, he was “arrested on suspicion of spousal battery” then again for allegedly brandishing a knife in 2013. That same year he was charged in Los Angeles County Superior Court with “assault and battery, brandishing a firearm and disturbing the peace.” All these charges appear to have been dismissed.
[Image: San Bernardino Police Department]