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Document details chilling text messages sent to woman killed in Paradise Hills murder-suicide

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Posted at 12:04 PM, Nov 18, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-19 08:11:19-05

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) -- 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 a murder-suicide in Paradise Hills.

10News obtained a copy of a restraining order filing that showed the relationship between 29-year-old Sabrina Rosario and her estranged husband, 31-year-old Jose Valdivia, and the fear Rosario felt for her family after she filed for divorce 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.

RELATED: Parents, 3 children killed in Paradise Hills murder-suicide

The document showed Valdivia sent Rosario a text message on Nov. 6 that included a photo of a handgun displayed in front of several beer cans and other alcohol with a caption that read, “It’s happening. Like it or not.”

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, but he responded, “A restraining order is not going to do nothing.”

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.”

RELATED: Family of murder-suicide victims speaks about tragedy

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 -- Zeth Valdivia, 11; Ezequiel Valdivia, 9; Zuriel Valdivia, 5; and Enzi Valdivia, 3 -- in Rosario’s home in the 2100 block of Flintridge Drive, located several blocks from Paradise Hills Elementary School.

Rosario and Enzi were declared dead at the scene, while Zuriel and Zeth died at the hospital. Ezequiel 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. Read the list of resources below:

  • 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