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Fourth boy dies following murder-suicide in Paradise Hills

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Posted at 9:58 AM, Nov 24, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-25 08:27:04-05

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - The only child to live through the Paradise Hills murder-suicide, died Saturday, relatives told 10News.

Nine-year-old Ezequiel Valdivia passed at 11:23 Saturday night at Rady Children's Hospital after his family made the difficult decision to pull the plug.

"He's probably been gone from us for a while," said Karl Albright, Rosario's brother-in-law. "We were just using the machines to keep his body with us. But he has been upstairs with his family, watching us."

Ezequiel's father, Jose Valdivia, also shot and killed his sons, Enzi, 3, Zuriel, 5, and Zeth, 11, and their 29-year-old mother, Sabrina Rosario. Valdivia then turned the gun on himself.

The muder-suicide happened on Saturday, November 16 at the family's home on Flintridge Drive in Paradise Hills.

The Paradise Hills community and the Twin Hills Little League came together to host this month's "Cruise Reo Car Show" as a fundraiser to help the family.

"The whole community of Paradise Hills came out today, and the Twin Hills Little League. They are our family forever," Vanessa Pash said. She, like Sabrina Rosario, is a Twin Hills Little League mom.

Albright said Baby Enzi was the shy one, Zuriel was playful. Ezequiel was the athlete and Zeth was a sensitive sweetheart. All of them poured their love for baseball into the Twin Hills Little League.

"The little one was only three, and he wasn't old enough to play, but the coaches would let him go out there and practice, and make him feel like he was part of the team," Pash said.

To honor the three players, the league decided to retire each child's jersey number. They also agreed to play in the boys' honor for all future games.

Albright says he is overwhelmed with what the community continues to do for their family.

"It's amazing how many people are coming together to do all of these things for complete strangers," Albright said.

The family is now in the process of donating Ezequiel's organs. The boys and their mother will be buried together.

"There's no pain, there's no suffering, no anguish, no anxiety. There's nothing. Pure peace," Albright said.

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San Diego Police arrived at the home that Saturday morning at about 7 a.m. Police said the dispatcher could not communicate with the caller, but could hear an argument and someone being asked to leave in the background.

Officers received another call en route to the home from a neighbor who said they heard arguing and what they believed to be a "nail gun firing."

Three of the boys were found dead in the home. Ezequiel survived for one week, but was taken off life support November 23 after the doctors said he was brain dead, according to Rosario’s brother-in-law.

The boys lived in the home with their mother and other relatives, but not Valdivia, who was in the process of divorcing Rosario. Police had been called to the home earlier in the month to break up a fight between Valdivia and Rosario, but said no crime was committed.

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