Alta Loma High School teacher found dead on New Year's Day

An Alta Loma High School teacher was found dead last week after an apparent suicide following a domestic dispute. Full Story
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Colton Native

Hemet, CA

#1 Jan 5, 2010
what a headcase..as sad as this sounds, we are lucky more people or even students were not hurt...a 41 yr old teacher dating a 20 year old..wow...wonder if it was one of his ex students
ALHS alum

Fullerton, CA

#2 Jan 5, 2010
I don't see why the students are praising Zarate. He did many awful things, including beating his wife when I was going to ALHS from 2000-2004. Everyone knew about it because, again, it was published in the local newspaper. He was arrested for domestic violence. & these days he was keeping a TWENTY-year-old girlfriend?! GROSS!!! That's younger than me & I was his student. That's honestly almost as bad as dating one of his own high school senior students as far as I'm concerned. Not only did he commit suicide, the most selfish act a human can choose, but he probably only did it because he knew he was going to be in a lot of trouble for trying to kill that young girl whose cradle he robbed. He tried to kill her! He cut her electricity & fired shots into her home! Maybe he thought he succeeded & decided he'd rather die than spend his life behind bars. At the very least, since she lived, he would have been charged with attempted murder &/or assault with a deadly weapon & he knew it.
I don't hate him for his mistakes, but high school kids these days are so blind & just DUMB. Why would you praise a teacher who is a violent psychopath with no regard for human life??? I just don't get it...
sixtwelve

Azusa, CA

#3 Jan 5, 2010
The real question is Why do women date and marry these psychos?
Nadin

Yorba Linda, CA

#4 Jan 5, 2010
honestly will all respect fuck u guys!
Zarate was a great man, he connected soo much with this students im lucky i had him for gov. criminal justice and was/am an aid.. i also joined his club twice i was there from the start with him, all these rumors or nasty comments about him are just bullshit. even if he did it, remember him for all the great things he has done, you should see howwww many students are hurting and missing him soo much.
He was one of a kind, i could say soo much about him but obviously all the public wants to hear is the nasty things.

forever in my heart Zarate
<33
you'll be missed.
i'll see you one last time at the church
then it'll be on the other side
wake up

Glendora, CA

#5 Jan 5, 2010
him...let me review, he beat his ex, had domestic charges filed, restraing orders from a court, dates (if thats what you call it) his students and is an attempted murder. how does someone call him a good man. guess the prisons are full of good people. wake up
ALHS alum2

San Angelo, TX

#6 Jan 5, 2010
There is a difference between being a good teacher, and a good MAN.

He was a very good teacher. I have been in his class, and he does connect with his students very well, knows the material, and keeps the class engaged and interested.

Sadly, Mr. Zarate had many personal issues that eventually overtook him. As terrible as the incident is, personally, I'm glad he didn't take anyone else with him. My thoughts are with his family/friends during this difficult time.
Colton Native

Hemet, CA

#7 Jan 5, 2010
Nadin..nice vocabulary for someone who works with kids...maybe if you got your mind right, you would be teaching instead of making 10 an hours
Huh

Pleasanton, CA

#8 Jan 5, 2010
ALHS alum wrote:
I don't see why the students are praising Zarate. He did many awful things, including beating his wife when I was going to ALHS from 2000-2004. Everyone knew about it because, again, it was published in the local newspaper. He was arrested for domestic violence. & these days he was keeping a TWENTY-year-old girlfriend?! GROSS!!! That's younger than me & I was his student. That's honestly almost as bad as dating one of his own high school senior students as far as I'm concerned. Not only did he commit suicide, the most selfish act a human can choose, but he probably only did it because he knew he was going to be in a lot of trouble for trying to kill that young girl whose cradle he robbed. He tried to kill her! He cut her electricity & fired shots into her home! Maybe he thought he succeeded & decided he'd rather die than spend his life behind bars. At the very least, since she lived, he would have been charged with attempted murder &/or assault with a deadly weapon & he knew it.
I don't hate him for his mistakes, but high school kids these days are so blind & just DUMB. Why would you praise a teacher who is a violent psychopath with no regard for human life??? I just don't get it...
What is so gross about him dating a 20yr old?? When guys have money they date and get younger women!!! What guy in their right mind is going to date someone that is older??
"You just dont get it" and by know you probably will never get it. You dont hate him for his mistakes?? Who are you to judge someone??
David Jordan

Los Angeles, CA

#9 Jan 5, 2010
I WANT TO SAY ONE THING TO ALL THESE DISREPECTFUL PEOPLE THAT DONT NO WHAT THEY ARE TALKING ABOUT..I UNDERSTAND THAT HE DID SOMETHING VERY SELFISH..HE DIDNT ONLY LEAVE HIS STUDENTS BUT ALSO A SON, STEP-DAUGHTER,AND A WONDERFUL FAMILY..BUT EVERYONE MAKES MISTAKES IN THEIR LIFE AND THIS WAS JUST ONE MISTAKE HE COULDN'T LEARN FROM.. WE THE STUDENTS AREN'T PRAISING HIM..WE THE STUDENTS ARE REMEMBERING THE PERSON THAT WAS ALWAYS THEIR FOR US AND NEVER JUDGED ANY OF US.HE WAS ONE OF HE CLOSEST PERSON THAT CAME CLOSE TO A FATHER FIGURE I WILL EVER HAVE..AND I'M NOT THE ONLY ONE THAT FEELS THIS WAY EITHER..SOME PEOPLE JUST DONT UNDERSTAND WHAT AN IMPACT HE MADE IN OUR LIVES BUT US THE STUDENTS WILL ALWAYS NO AND ALWAYS REMEMBER..HE WAS THE VERY FEW TEACHERS YOU COULD TALK TO AND THAT WILL LISTEN..WHAT I DONT UNDERSTAND IS PEOPLE ARE SAYING ITS SO WRONG FOR HIM TO DATE A 20 YR OLD? BUT ITS OK FOR A GUY TO DATE AN OLDER GIRL? ITS THE SAME PRINCIPAL..WE WILL ALWAYS LOOK AT THE POSITIVE AFTER EVERY PERSONS DEATH WETHER PEOPLE ADMIT TO IT OR NOT..MR ZARATE WAS A GREAT TEACHER AND WILL ALWAYS BE REMEMBERED..."BE SAFE N BE BACK" - MR. ZARATE.....WE LOVE YOU...RIP -LOVE DJAY
Pat

North Las Vegas, NV

#10 Jan 5, 2010
WTF is the school district doing allowing this "memorial?"
This jerk is where he belongs. The gene pool is that much cleaner. Thanks, idiot.
David Jordan

Los Angeles, CA

#11 Jan 5, 2010
ALHS alum wrote:
I don't see why the students are praising Zarate. He did many awful things, including beating his wife when I was going to ALHS from 2000-2004. Everyone knew about it because, again, it was published in the local newspaper. He was arrested for domestic violence. & these days he was keeping a TWENTY-year-old girlfriend?! GROSS!!! That's younger than me & I was his student. That's honestly almost as bad as dating one of his own high school senior students as far as I'm concerned. Not only did he commit suicide, the most selfish act a human can choose, but he probably only did it because he knew he was going to be in a lot of trouble for trying to kill that young girl whose cradle he robbed. He tried to kill her! He cut her electricity & fired shots into her home! Maybe he thought he succeeded & decided he'd rather die than spend his life behind bars. At the very least, since she lived, he would have been charged with attempted murder &/or assault with a deadly weapon & he knew it.
I don't hate him for his mistakes, but high school kids these days are so blind & just DUMB. Why would you praise a teacher who is a violent psychopath with no regard for human life??? I just don't get it...
SERIOUSLY YOU DO NOT UNDERSTAND..READ MY COMMENT N MAYBE YOU'LL UNDERSTAND EVERYONE MAKES MISTAKES...INCLUDING YOU AND YOUR FAMILY ASWELL... THINK ABOUT IT!!!!
Nadin

Yorba Linda, CA

#12 Jan 5, 2010
Colton Native wrote:
Nadin..nice vocabulary for someone who works with kids...maybe if you got your mind right, you would be teaching instead of making 10 an hours
?? i dont work with kids.
jak

La Puente, CA

#13 Jan 5, 2010
20 year old girls will do that to you!
DV victim

Honolulu, HI

#14 Jan 5, 2010
I actually knew this guy and I "dated"/got abused by his "close friend" for too many years. If Joe was anything like his "friend", who beat me for crying over a misscarriage-in front of our daughter -then bye bye

Since: Dec 09

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#15 Jan 5, 2010
Anyone remember when Ms. B the band teacher jumped under the train on Euclid Ave? Bunch of loose canons there at Alta Loma High School.
Lindsay-ALHS ALUMNI

Brea, CA

#16 Jan 6, 2010
Mr Zarate will and always be an amazing influence in my life. He helped me through some of the toughest times in my life. The death of my father. he was always there when i needed someone to talk to. He had such a great relationship with all of his students. I had him for 2 years and was his aid. Zarate was everyones favorite teacher. During his classes he kept us all laughing, cracking jokes and encouraging all of us to learn he knew his material very well. every friday he would dismiss the class with..."have fun, be safe come back on monday" We all loved zarate very much. and will remember him for who he was.

I'm sure all you people that are being so negative asking how we could praise someone who did all of this? Obviously you have never lost anyone you care for. what you don't realize is people make mistakes. no one knows the real story of what was going on in his life for something so tragic to happen. he snapped and luckily she didn't get hurt. Whats wrong with him dating a 20 year old? isnt the legal age 18.. She was old enough to make her own decision.. I could see it. zarate was a very outgoing loveable guy. No one has the right to judge. because whenever you point a finger remember there are always 3 pointing back at you. No one is perfect!

Didnt your parents teach you...
"if you don't have anything nice to say. don't say anything at all!!!"
imagine when his family see's this... you wouldnt want his family to hurt anymore by words from people that never knew him. or former students that are being jerks. yes it was selfish. but whats done is done, no one needs to sit here and speak negatively of him

DONT JUDGE. DONT TALK CRAP. KEEP IT TO YOUR SELF. cause none of us want to hear it!!!!

RIP ZARATE! You will FOREVER be missed!
i love you!
WOW

Upland, CA

#17 Jan 6, 2010
All i can say is wow man he left his son behind for a meaningless girl. what where you thinking? we will never find out. god bless his son and family.
read

San Bernardino, CA

#18 Jan 6, 2010
hero
RanchoSider

Rosemead, CA

#19 Jan 6, 2010
Oh wells. LOL
ALHSalum3

Rancho Cucamonga, CA

#20 Jan 6, 2010
God can forgive him of his mistakes. I hope his family is able to ignore all of the negative comments and think only of the positive. I didn't know him very well, but from what I've heard, he was very well liked by all of his students. I'm sorry that he chose the wrong way out. May God bless his family in this time of grief.

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