First grader Jaxxson Shardin stood next to her mother, Tiffany, with her eyes down and her face down.
She has lost her best friend, Jacob Patino.
“I feel sad,” Jackson said.
5-year-old Jacob Patino, along with his 37-year-old mother Alexandria Bustamante Gomez, were allegedly murdered at their home on Wednesday night by Gomez’s husband and Patino’s father.
State police said 2-year-old Anthony Patino was injured in Wednesday night’s attack but survived.
Nelson Patino, 47, faces two counts of second-degree murder and one count of second-degree attempted murder. He was produced in the court on Thursday night and is being taken into custody.
On Friday, several dozens of community members joined Robert B. Schaefer gathered in Memorial Park, right across from Duensburg Elementary, where Jacob Patino was a kindergarten student.
Members of the community lit candles, sang and prayed during a wake organized by the Duensburg Florida Baptist Church. While the family did not attend church, Pastor Anthony Nicholas Solomon said he had to do something to bring the community together to help the two people who lost their lives and pray for the survivors.
“When something tragic like this happens, the community comes together,” he said.
Tiffany Sharding said the loss was to her son, who took a bus ride with Jacob playing Rock, Paper, Scissors. However, she said that her son told her that everything would be all right “because everyone would still love Jacob after he left.”
Abby Morrison and her husband Kevin also brought their family under surveillance. Abby Morrison said she didn’t know the victims directly, but wanted to support the family, having eaten at their meals several times over the years.
“It’s hard to wrap your head around it,” she said.
Jacob Patino’s Memories
Jacob Patino’s former and current teachers and other members of the school district are still shocked by the news.
Some teaching assistants at Whispering Pines Preschool, where Jacob was a student, participated in the vigil, holding photographs of the young child.
Kim Chantor said that Jacob was always very happy and that was the warmth about him in the family.
Chanter kept in touch with Jacob even after he graduated. In July, she and another teaching assistant, Janet Simeon, met Jacob and the rest of his family for a play date at the Duensburg Diner.
“Nelson cooked for us and paid for our food,” she said. “When we went to insist that we wanted to pay, he happily danced a triumphant dance that he was able to deal with us.”
The first memory that came to Simeon’s mind was Jacob’s excitement about his 3-foot by 5-foot vegetable garden, with small tomatoes growing on it.
Chantor and Simeon said that Gomez was a very generous and loving person.
Chantor said that Jacob always came up with the most amazing lunches, very tasty style, and the teachers joked about being jealous of Jacob’s lunch.
“We told Jacob we wanted his lunch so bad because it looked so delicious and he showed up the next day with lunch for the teaching staff,” Chantor said. “More than once” [Gomez] Provided lunch for us. ,
He said that Nelson Patino didn’t even bother helping people.
She said that on a very snowy day Nelson came out with gloves on and a smile on his face ready to push the vehicle of another man that was stuck in the snow. It is moments like these that make the situation a bit difficult to understand, he said.
“That’s very surprising,” said Chantor.
The district also released a statement from Jacob’s kindergarten teacher, who described him as a “bright young boy.”
“Jacob was a role model for his classmates and had the sweetest smile,” said Rachel Woodrow, one of Jacob’s teachers at Duensburg Elementary School. “He was kind, courteous and took great pride in following the rules of the class. He loved being a helper and keeping the door open for his friends when he went out and came back at leisure time.”
Principal Andrea Konover died remembering Jacob during a phone interview on Friday afternoon.
“He was just such a lovely jovial young man,” she said. “Everything about his day was just fun. He just has this wonderful quirky little smile, this little head of curly hair and he just has this beautiful smile.”
She said that when Patino first entered the district in its universal pre-kindergarten program he spoke very little English.
“He was just a bright little boy, his language grew rapidly by the time he got to kindergarten,” she said.
He loved to learn, Conover said.
Superintendent James Niedermeier said Friday it was completely on track as the district continued to suffer damage.
Niedermeier said several district and outside organizations offered their support and assistance with counseling. A therapy dog was also brought in, he said.
Parents were encouraged to talk to their children about what happened and the school has offered resources for students, families, and staff.
At the home on Duensburg Road where the incident took place, police tape has been removed around the property and a lone teddy bear sits on the front porch under the lights of the porch.
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