CRIME

4 Children Of Woman Who Died In Ice Cave Collapse Lose Father In Shooting

Four California children who lost their mother in a cave-in earlier this month were orphaned when their father died in a shooting outside a San Bernardino bar.

Adrian Cardona, 35, got into an argument at Lulu’s Hideout around 10 p.m. on Sunday, according to the San Bernardino Sun. He was asked to leave the bar and was shot dead as he stood near his car, according to police. Authorities have yet to establish a motive in the killing, and are still searching for the shooter.

Cardona and Santana leave behind two daughters, ages 14 and 12, and two sons, ages 8 and 1. The couple were estranged when Santana died, family friend Rachelle Randle, whose daughter goes to school with one of the girls, told the Press-Enterprise.

"This is a nightmare," Randle told the newspaper. "He loved his kids."

Santana died and five others were injured when a pile of ice and rock fell on them at the Big Four Ice Caves in the Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest. Santana's brother and her eldest daughter were among those hurt. Rescue workers said that the collapse happened at the rear of the cave.

A GoFundMe campaign has been set up to cover Santana's funeral expenses.

Officials said that entering the caves -- which are formed by avalanches -- isn't illegal, but that a recent heat wave in the area has made them unstable.

"We’ve been saying since mid-May, it’s extremely dangerous with all this hot weather," Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Shari Ireton told KTLA after the collapse.

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