California veterans home shooting victim was seven months pregnant

This undated photo provided by PsychArmor Institute shows clinical psychologist Jennifer Gonzales, a victim of the veterans home shooting on Friday, March 9, 2018, in Yountville, Calif. Gonzales was killed by a former patient at Pathway Home, a treatment program for veterans from the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. Marjorie Morrison, the founder of a nonprofit organization known as PsychArmor, says Gonzales was "brilliant" and did amazing work with veterans with PTSD. (PsychArmor Institute via AP)

YOUNTVILLE (KRON) — One of the three women taken hostage and killed Friday at the veterans home in Yountville was seven months pregnant, according to a GoFundMe page created by a close friend.

An employee at the Veterans Home of California Yountville also told KRON4’s Lydia Pantazes that 32-year-old Jennifer K. Gonzales Shushereba was pregnant.

Friends and co-workers remembered Shushereba as a “brilliant” psychologist who was committed to both her family and her job treating veterans with post-traumatic stress.

Shushereba was seven months pregnant. She got married a year ago and was supposed to travel to Washington, D.C., with her husband this weekend to celebrate their anniversary, family friend Vasiti Ritova said.

Ritova, whose niece cares for  Shushereba’s grandmother, said she would spend time caring for her grandmother and would visit her every other week. She said the loss was “devastating.”

“She was always singing to her grandma, giving her baths. She was always coming to look after her grandma — so that is how we come to know this sweet lady,” she said.

Full statement from GoFundMe

Dr. Jenn (Gonzales) Shushereba was at the prime of her life, married one year and pregnant with her first child, when her life and that of her unborn child were tragically taken in the Yountville Veterans Home shooting on March 9. As a young psychiatrist, Jenn dedicated her life to helping service men and women reintegrate and readjust to civilian life. Every aspect of Jenn’s life was dedicated to others and her caring and kind spirit was evident to everyone she met. Jenn leaves behind her best friend, husband, and father of her unborn child, TJ. This memorial fund is set up by TJ and Jenn’s friends and all donations will go directly to TJ to help with memorial costs and adjusting to life without Jenn.


Marjorie Morrison, who founded the nonprofit group PsychArmor, said in addition to working with vets with PTSD, Gonzales also focused helping college campuses successfully reintegrate veterans when they return to school.

Gonzales partnered with PsychArmor to create the VA Campus Toolkit, which PsychArmor put online. Many colleges use it, she said.

“She was brilliant for being so young,” Morrison said. “Absolutely brilliant.” She added that PscyhArmor partners take on these projects without pay, which “says a lot about someone’s character.” provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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