SAN DIEGO — A 9-year-old boy who was fighting for his life after his father allegedly shot him and his family has died, relatives told FOX 5.
Ezequiel Valdivia was in critical condition in the hospital for days after being shot in the head. According to his uncle, he passed away Saturday night. “God wanted him to come home,” Karl Albright said. “If he wanted him to stay, he’d be here. But he’s home with his family; they’re playing, they’re rollerblading, skating around, chasing Pokemon up in heaven.”
Albright told FOX 5 the family has made the decision to let Ezequiel be an organ donor.
“It’s a tragic thing for us, but if we can turn that around for anybody else that’s all we ask,” Albright said.
Police say 29-year-old Sabrina Rosario’s estranged husband shot and killed her and their children last weekend before turning the gun on himself. Rosario was killed along with her sons Enzi Valdivia, 3; Zuriel Valdivia, 5; and Zeth Valdivia, 11.
A vigil was held for the family on Friday. Community members gathered to pray and light candles. Friends described the family as fun-loving and outgoing.
In the days leading up to shooting, Jose Valdivia, 31, repeatedly called and texted Rosario, who secured a restraining order against him just one day before the shooting at their home at 2152 Flintridge Drive in Paradise Hills.
An argument could be heard by 911 dispatchers when a call came in from the home around 6:40 a.m. Saturday, November 16. When police arrived, an officer peered through a back window and saw a child on the ground covered in blood.
A GoFundMe page has raised more than $56,000 as of Sunday morning to aid the family with burial and medical costs. Family members say they plan to donate any money leftover.
“All of the things that we’ve dealt with, whatever is not used we’re going to re-donate toward other places, partially probably toward Rady Children’s Hospital, partially to other programs that might bring up awareness. We want to support this as much as possible,” Albright said.
Editor’s note: This article initially reported that the 11-year-old victim died Friday night. This story has been updated to reflect new details.