Days after the crime, the teenager’s father broke his silence, saying that his son “should have killed him” instead of the victims who died at his hands, adding at the same time that his son “is not a monster.”
The massacre at Robb Elementary School in Yuvaldi, Texas, resulted in the killing of 19 children and two teachers, in a crime that brought the chaos of gun proliferation in the United States back to the fore.
Salvador Ramos Sr., 42, said he was “sorry” for the massacre, stressing at the same time that he “never expected” his youngest son – who was also called Salvador – to commit a killing spree, describing him as a “good person”.
The man admitted that he had a “distant and difficult relationship” with his son Salvador Junior, who was shot dead by police, while the mother of the 18-year-old said he “would shoot his father if he could.”
In an interview with the Daily Beast, he added, “I don’t want them to call him a monster. They don’t know anything. They don’t know anything he was going through.”
The father painted a picture of his son “as a calm child who is not naturally inclined to violence, but his anger increased with his age.”
He corroborated an account given by a co-worker of Ramos Jr., by saying that he had recently bought a pair of boxing gloves and took them to a nearby park, asking people to fight him on camera.
And the father continued, “I told him that one day someone would hit you hard. I started to see different changes in him like that.”
He also admitted that he had not seen his son much in recent years, and blamed the gap between them on that his mother was suffering from cancer, which led him to isolate himself with her due to the Corona virus, noting that his son “was frustrated by those restrictions a month ago, and stopped speaking with him”.
And the British newspaper, “Daily Mail”, reported that Ramos, the father, has a daughter, and he does not have a relationship with her either. He also has two convictions, including one for violent assault on a family member.
The mother’s testimony…and the details of the “difficult relationship”
It was also revealed that Ramos, Jr., had a strained relationship with his mother, Adriana Reyes, who was described as a drug addict.
His friends talked about this, saying that he sometimes posted videos of himself having a violent fight with his mother, on social media, before he recently moved to live with his grandmother (to his mother), who shot her before he went to school to carry out the massacre.
Earlier this week, Reyes spoke to MailOnline, offering a similar account of her son Ramos, describing him as an “introverted” boy who doesn’t have many friends, but insisting he “was not a violent person”.
She also denied rumors that her relationship with her son was bad, saying that she “bought him a greeting card and a stuffed bear for his birthday”, without realizing that he had bought himself two high-powered assault rifles as a gift for himself at the same time, and she also did not know that he was posting pictures of them on the Internet. With threatening messages.
Friends and witnesses
In turn, Ramos’ neighbour, Ruben Flores, explained that he and his mother were constantly screaming, which led to the police being called to the house several times.
Those around him said his “descent into violence started longer than his family knows”, with a former friend explaining that he stopped hanging out with Ramos in his early teens because he was “injuring himself”.
At about the same time, the boy started wearing dark clothes and military boots, and used a toy gun that fired plastic bullets, to target random people, according to a local resident.
His friends also claim that in his early childhood he was nicknamed “Pelón”, meaning “bald” in Spanish, for his extremely short hair, but in an apparent attempt to leave those days behind, he began to grow his hair. He was also bullied at school, and got into many fights before increasingly dropping out of school.
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