AmericaThe mother of the shooting suspect Salvador Ramos begged victims to “forgive me and my son”, while the father insisted that he was a “good person”.
Adriana Martinez on May 27 cried in the car when interviewed by a reporter. She said she did not know what caused her son to cause the shooting that killed 21 people at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas earlier this week.
“I have no words to say, I don’t know what he’s thinking. He must have had a reason, please don’t judge my child. I just want innocent dead babies to forgive me. Forgive me me, for my baby, I know he has a reason,” Martinez said.
When asked about the suspect’s “why,” Martinez said “to be closer to those kids instead of focusing on other bad things. I don’t know either.”
Ramos, 18, shot and killed 19 students and two teachers with a semi-automatic rifle on May 24. At least 17 people were injured, including the suspect’s grandmother. Martinez, insists Ramos is “not a violent person” but can be “aggressive” when angry.
Ramos’ grandfather said the suspect had come to live with his grandparents because of “problems” with his mother. Neighbors said Martinez lived with the same man for many years, but he wasn’t sure if it was the suspect’s father. The two sometimes argued and only stopped when the police arrived. However, Ramos’ grandparents were always at home.
“The suspect’s grandfather is very hardworking and it’s sad that some people are blaming him for what happened. Grandma is always cleaning the yard, fixing the furniture. They just finished building a small house a few days ago. last month. I see some people blaming them and it’s not fair,” the neighbor said.
The suspect’s father also apologized for what his son did. “I never thought my child would do something like this,” he said on May 26. “It should have killed me instead of someone else.”
The father said he was not with his son because he worked far away from Uvalde. Restrictions to prevent Covid-19 further reduce their chances of seeing each other and put a strain on the father-son relationship. Ramos refused to talk to his dad about a month ago, they haven’t seen each other since.
However, this man still insists his son is “a good person”, saying that he dropped out of school because he was bullied because of the way he dressed. “The boy doesn’t talk much, lives a secluded life. He doesn’t bother anyone, only people always bother him,” the father said.
Huyen Le (Theo NY Post, Daily Beast)