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Police said the the gunman was familiar with the school front desk staff who signed him in

Killer Cedric Anderson, 53, (right) killed his wife, Karen Smith, 53, and Martinez, a special needs student

The mother of a San Bernandino school teacher gunned down by her estranged husband described the killer as 'a wolf in sheep's clothing' who turned on her daughter as soon as they were married.

Cedric Anderson, 53, shot dead his estranged wife Karen Elaine Smith and her eight-year-old pupil Jonathan Martinez before turning the gun on himself yesterday.

80-year-old Irma Sykes said in the weeks before her daughter was brutally murdered, she was scared for her life after receiving threatening messages from the killer.

Martinez and another student were standing behind Smith when Anderson entered the special needs classroom and opened fire. The children were both taken to the hospital, where Martinez later died. The other child, 9, is said to be in a stable condition.

Students being evacuated after the shooting

The school evacuated 520 other children on to buses to be taken to a safe zone at a nearby university

Several members of the community attended a prayer service held to honor the shooting victims after the events that shook the town of San Bernardino

On Monday evening, the Riverside, California, home pictured, Anderson and Smith shared during their brief marriage was cordoned off by police. The home, inside an upmarket gated community, belonged to Smith - who had previously lived in the house with her ex-husband Roderic, 53

According to Anderson's Facebook page, the couple were married in late January of this year.

It is reported that they had been separated for the past month and a half, according to police. The reason for their separation is not known

Police SWAT team seen here as they arrive at the Riverside home of the San Bernardino school teacher . This is the home of Karen Smith who was killed by her husband Cedric Anderson

According to police-Anderson has several past charges on his record, including domestic violence, weapons and drug-related charges

Elizabeth Barajas pictured as she holds her daughter Marissa Perez, nine, who witnessed Monday's shooting inside her classroom.

Barajas said: 'She just said she was scared. As soon as she saw the guy with the gun, she went under the table. She keeps telling me `My teacher got shot, my friend got shot,' Barajas said as she clutched her daughter's blood-stained sweatshirt.

Marissa said the shooter didn't say a word as he opened fire. One of her friends was hit, she added, as she pointed to her abdomen.

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Shooter Anderson and Smith's honey moon video before the brutal killings.