Doctors pronounced Ezekiel Valdivia dead at 11:23 p.m. Saturday, according to Investigator Fernanda Alonzo of the San Diego County Medical Examiner’s Office. Medical personnel 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, in their Paradise Hills home.
The man 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.
Officers 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 accounts by family members.
The divorce she sought in June was scheduled to be finalized in December.
She obtained a restraining order against Valdivia the day before the shooting.
Sabrina’s brother-in-law, Karl Albright, set up a GoFundMe page to pay for medical and funeral expenses for the family. The site raised more than $56,000 as of Sunday.
Members of the community held a candlelight vigil for the victims Friday at the Paradise Hills United Church of Christ.
– City News Service
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