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Teacher, basketball coach and father-to-be shot in California

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A Stockton man was fatally shot while waiting to meet up with his fiancee during his lunch break. Mark Scott, 31, worked in special education and coached high school baseball.

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A California school teacher died after being shot during his lunch break, local media reported.

Mark Scott, 31, was a paraprofessional who worked in special education at Pulliam Elementary School and as a baseball coach for Edison High School in Stockton, KCRA reported.

“It’s just hard to want to believe that something so senseless can happen to such a good guy,” head baseball coach James Burke told CBS Sacramento.

Scott was shot at around 1:29 p.m. on Feb. 11, according to a Facebook post from the Stockton Police Department. He was transported to a local hospital afterward, where he died, the post said.

“Ridiculous,” Burke told CBS Sacramento. “Broad daylight, 1:30, makes no sense.”

The incident is being investigated by homicide detectives, police said in the post, adding that “at this time, there is no motive or suspect information.”

Scott’s pregnant fiancee, Alyssa Henderson, told KCRA that Scott was on his lunch break and was waiting to meet her when he was shot.

“When I was driving down Hammer Lane, I saw the ambulance in front of me, but it didn’t click that it would be him, because why would it be him?” Henderson told the outlet.

On a GoFundMe page set up to raise money for Henderson and Scott’s baby, Henderson wrote that Scott was “an amazing father and partner.”

“We are expecting our first child together in May,” Henderson wrote.

Scott’s death comes as the city deals with a rash of fatal shootings, police said.

“Over the last several days, we have experienced an increase in homicides in our city which is unacceptable. Sadly, four victims have lost their lives to gun violence,” according to the Facebook post. “For our community, it is important to share that our detectives have been working tirelessly on these cases and believe that none of the homicides are related to each other.”

Henderson told KCRA that she and Scott were preparing to get married on Feb. 22 in anticipation of their child’s birth, expected to occur on May 22.

“On Feb. 22, I’m hoping that I wake up and there’s a sign like that he sends me,” Henderson told the outlet. “(I wonder if our child) If he’s going to have his dad’s smile. That’s the thing I’m looking forward to the most is to know if our son is going to have his dad’s smile.”

The Stockton Unified School District did not immediately respond to a request for comment from McClatchy News.

Vandana Ravikumar is a McClatchy Real-Time reporter. She grew up in northern Nevada and studied journalism and political science at Arizona State University. Previously, she reported for USA Today, The Dallas Morning News, and Arizona PBS.




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