The Texas school shooter’s father said he was ‘sorry’ for the bloodbath in which his son killed 21 people including 19 young children, saying the boy ‘should have killed me’ instead .
Salvador Ramos Sr, 42, said he “had no expectation” of his youngest child – also known as Salvador – going on a killing spree, describing him as “a good person” who “took himself”.
But he admitted to having a distant and difficult relationship with Salvador Jr – who was shot dead by police – and that his own mother believes the 18-year-old would have shot her if he could because he would always say I didn’t like him.
“I don’t need them calling him a freak…they don’t know shit, man,” he said. “They don’t know what he was going through. »
Salvador Ramos Jr, 18, shot and killed 21 people including 19 young children in the last US mass shooting in Texas on Tuesday
Ramos had bought himself two rifles on his 18th birthday days before the murders, although his family insisted he was not a violent individual.
Ramos Sr spoke to The Daily Beast two days after his son stormed into Robb Elementary School in the town of Uvalde, South Texas armed with a legally purchased AR-15 rifle and opened the door. fire on a fourth-year class and their academics.
Before attacking the school, Ramos Jr had shot his 66-year-old grandmother Celia Gonzalez – on his mother’s side of the family – in the face during an argument.
He spent more than an hour locked inside the school with the terrified children and their dead classmates, before a Border Patrol unit burst in and killed him.
Ramos Sr painted a picture of his son as a quiet boy who was not naturally prone to violence, but grew angry as he grew older.
He backed up an account given by one of Ramos Jr’s colleagues that he had recently bought a pair of boxing gloves and would carry them to a nearby park, asking people to fight him during filming.
“I said, ‘Mijo, one day someone is going to kick your ass,'” the dad recalled. “I started to see completely different fits in him like that.”
Ramos, who lives outside Uvalde where he works digging holes around electricity poles for inspection, admits he hasn’t seen his son much lately.
He blamed the space on his own mother having most cancers, meaning he isolated himself with her because of Covid. He said Ramos Jr became unnerved by the restrictions a month ago and stopped talking to him.
Adriana Reyes, the mother of Ramos (left), said she was ‘shocked’ he carried out the murders after taking pictures of grandmother Celia Gomez (right) in the face
Friends say Ramos’ descent into violence began earlier than his family knew, and included his reduction as a youngster (pictured throughout the rampage)
But this image is undermined by the fact that Ramos Sr also has a daughter, from whom he is also estranged. She does not live at home, having left to join the Navy.
And he has convictions, including one for violent assault on a family member.
It is also known that Ramos Jr had a strained relationship with his mother, Adriana Reyes who was described as a drug addict.
Friends explained that he usually posts videos of himself fighting with her on social media and that he had just moved to live with the grandmother he ended up photographing.
Speaking fully to MailOnline earlier this week, Adriana gave the same account of her son as Ramos Sr.
She described him as a boy who “kept himself and didn’t have many friends”, but insisted he “wasn’t a violent person”.
Adriana denied rumors that her relationship with her son was bad, saying she bought him a card and a present – a Snoopy stuffed toy – for his birthday.
But the family insisted they didn’t believe he had also bought himself two powerful assault rifles as a gift for himself around the same time, nor were they aware he was posting images of them online with threatening messages. .
Those who were friends with Ramos say his descent into violence began longer ago than his family knew, including a friend who said he stopped hanging out with Ramos from their early teens when he started to shrink.
Around the same time, he started dressing in dark clothes and navy blue boots and used his BB gun to target random individuals, a resident said.
Ramos burst into the school armed with a gun, opened fire on a fourth-grade class, then locked himself in a classroom before being shot dead by police
Shortly before the school took pictures, Ramos had shot his 66-year-old grandmother in the face at this house during an argument
Ramos then drove off in his truck which he crashed near the school before driving in and taking pictures of ‘everyone in his path’
According to Ramos’ neighbor Ruben Flores, 41, the gunman and his mother are said to have been screaming matches, with police known to be at the home on several occasions.
Classmate Nadia Reyes claimed, “He would name his mother ab***h and say she had to kick him out…He would yell and talk to his mother aggressively.”
Jeremiah Munoz, a former student at the local elementary school who played Xbox games with Ramos, also told the New York Times that he often heard him arguing with his mother via the microphone – and his mother would yell at him. , telling him that he wanted to go to school and that he was doing nothing with his life.
Munoz said Ramos usually left his mother’s house and stayed with his grandmother for several days after a big struggle – and over the previous year he spent more and more time with his grandmother .
In his early childhood, tell friends, he was nicknamed “pelon”, that is to say bald in Spanish, for his extremely short hair. But with the obvious aim of getting away these days, he started developing it extensively.
He was later called “emo” or “different” at school, where he got into several fistfights before increasingly enjoying truancy.
During the last two months of his life, Ramos worked at Wendy’s and barely went to school. He wasn’t ready to graduate this year, a truth he seemed to despise.
A neighbor instructed the native information channel Lots of news that he saw Ramos arguing with his grandmother on Tuesday, saying he was “outraged that he didn’t graduate”.
He said the grandmother then shouted: ‘He shot me, he shot me’, before Ramos ‘swallowed the road’ and crashed his van before embarking on his killing spree – which happened right sooner or later after his classmates graduated.