On Facebook, Cedric Anderson and wife Karen Smith seemed like they enjoyed pure marital bliss. From the gentle wedding kiss to pictures of them snuggling during their honeymoon in Sedona, Arizona. Anderson called himself “blessed.”
A gushing husband:
But the fairytale ended with a tragedy when Anderson shot his wife and an 8-year-old student in a shooting at North Park Elementary School in San Bernardino, California , before turning the gun on himself. Another 9 year old student was injured, but he’s currently in stable condition.
But before the murder suicide, Anderson’s Facebook showed a life contradicting what police are saying about the couple’s estrangement.
Anderson posted several videos of the couple with captions such as “She has no guile or pretense. She has no ill will toward anyone. (It amazes me!) … I praise God for such a wonderful Lady!”
There are no obvious signs on the active Facebook page to the coming crime, but still there were some hints. A couple of videos Anderson posted showed him to be drawn to violent imagery.
A dark side:
For example on February 20 he posted a video about how he drove 500 miles in one day to apply to 50 colleges in order to get his son the football scholarship he wanted. In the video he said he “almost personally attacked 3 Coaches to get my son Jared a scholarship,” adding, “A father is like a lion. He will kill you for his Blood!” And this: “A real man must be willing to submit to his father!”
Anderson had dark writings that were filled with anger, alienation and predictions of his “ultimate triumph.” They seemed at odd with the image of a newlywed man who filled his page with optimistic quotes like Babe Ruth’s “It’s hard to beat a person who NEVER GIVES UP.”
41 days later, Cedric Anderson went to his wife’s school, North Park Elementary at about 10:30 a.m. and quickly opened fire. He killed an 8-year-old boy and injured a 9-year-old. His main target, his wife, whom he has fawned over on his social media page, was also murdered. He then turned the gun on himself, police found his 357 Magnum by his side.