SAN DIEGO — A court document details the threatening messages a woman received from her estranged husband days before she and three of their four children were killed in what police say was a murder-suicide in Paradise Hills.
A copy of a restraining order filing shows the fear 29-year-old Sabrina Rosario felt for her family after she filed for divorce from her husband, 31-year-old Jose Valdivia, in June.
On Nov. 15, Rosario filed paperwork at a San Diego court to request a restraining order against Valdivia. The document stated Valdivia had been consistently harassing and threatening her since the divorce filing, which was scheduled to be finalized in December.
The document showed Valdivia sent Rosario a text message on Nov. 6 that included a photo of a handgun in front of several beer cans and other alcohol.
“It’s happening. Like it or not,” a caption read.
According to the document, over the next couple of days, Valdivia sent Rosario numerous text messages and called her several times.
In one text exchange, Rosario threatened her husband with a restraining order.
“A restraining order is not going to do nothing,” Valdivia responded.
In the document, Rosario noted that Valdivia sent messages that implied he was at her home. Rosario received messages that said, “I’m outside” or “You’re not home again.”
Three days before she and three of her four children were shot to death, Rosario received a message from Valdivia that said, “You know I’m not going to ever leave you alone,” according to the document.
According to San Diego police, on the morning of Nov. 16, Valdivia shot Rosario and their four sons in Rosario’s home.
Rosario and one son were declared dead at the scene, while two other boys died at the hospital. The fourth child remains in an induced coma at Rady Children’s Hospital.
Valdivia turned the gun on himself after shooting the family, police said.
A GoFundMe account was established to help the family with funeral and medical costs.
The San Diego Unified School District Monday said it was increasing resources at Paradise Hills Elementary, the school attended by the children, including:
- Six clinicians from San Diego Youth Services
- Two School Counselors
- Two School Nurses
- Two community based mental health providers from Say San Diego
- One school psychologist
- One school district mental health clinician
- One district therapy dog
This story was originally published by Jermaine Ong and Marie Coronel on
in San Diego.