The only child to survive a Paradise Hills murder-suicide that killed his parents and three brothers, died Saturday, Nov. 23, according to a family member.
Ezequiel Valdivia, 9, had been hospitalized and on life support at Rady Children’s Hospital since the Nov. 16 shooting. He was pronounced dead at 11:23 Saturday night after his family made the difficult decision to pull the plug as his brain showed no activity. The family has decided to let Ezequiel be an organ donor, 10News reported.
Police said 31-year-old Jose Valdivia shot and killed his estranged wife, 29-year-old Sabrina Rosario, during an argument at their home in Paradise Hills, California—one day after she had obtained a restraining order against him amid a divorce.
He also killed his sons, Enzi, 3, Zuriel, 5, and Zeth, 11. The man then turned the gun on himself, police said.
Community members gathered for a candlelight vigil for the family on Friday night. Family members described Sabrina Rosario as a “wonderful, charismatic, bright shining star” and a caring mother.
Karl Albright, the boy’s uncle, said Baby Enzi was the shy one, Zuriel was playful. Ezequiel was the athlete, and Zeth was a sensitive sweetheart. All of them poured their love for baseball into the Twin Hills Little League. The league decided to retire each child’s jersey number to honor them.
The family is planning a funeral to include the mother and her four sons in the coming weeks.
“There’s no pain, there’s no suffering, no anguish, no anxiety. There’s nothing. Pure peace,” Albright said.