Multiple people helplessly watched Tania Rendon-Santiago's final
moments last week. They heard her scream for help from her fourth-floor
balcony as she tried to hold shut a sliding glass door.
Inside was the armed man who would soon gun her down.
Scott Caruso, 36, shot himself shortly after killing
Rendon-Santiago, a 35-year-old from Palm Springs, California, around 11
p.m. on March 12 at an upscale apartment complex in the 1800 block of
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Rendon-Santiago's killing shocked friends and family and
was a "terrible loss for the scientific community," said Caroline
Bergeron, the director of research and evaluation at the Bexar County
Community Health Collaborative and a friend of Rendon-Santiago.
She was a geropsychology fellow at the South Texas
Veterans Health Care System and obtained her doctoral degree in
counseling psychology last year from Texas A&M University.
University records show she studied caregivers of individuals with
intellectual disabilities while at TAMU.