THE heartbroken dad of Texas shooter Salvador Ramos broke down in tears days after his son’s bloody elementary school massacre.
Salvador Ramos, 42, known as Chava, appeared teary eyed as he was hugged by a Daily Beast reporter at his home on Thursday evening.
“I just want the people to know I’m sorry man, [为了] what my son did,” the father said in an interview with The Daily Beast.
“I never expected my son to do something like that,” Ramos said. “He should’ve just killed me, 你懂, instead of doing something like that to someone.”
Neighbors said Ramos has been staying in the city of Hondo amid rumors in Uvalde that he may face a revenge attack for his son’s horrendous act of violence.
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He then fled the incident with his grandmother in her pickup truck, crashing the vehicle outside of the elementary school before allegedly barricading himself in a fourth-grade classroom and opening fire.
The elder Ramos told The Daily Beast he had not spent much time with his son recently, who he claims dropped out of school and had grown frustrated with precautions relating to the Covid pandemic.
“He dropped out because he said they were bullying him at school because of his clothes,“ 他说.
“He was a quiet person, stuck to himself. He didn’t bother nobody. People were always bothering him.”
‘MY SON WASN’T A VIOLENT PERSON’
Adriana Reyes, daughter of Gonzales and mother to 18-year-old Ramos, shared similar sentiments about her son.
“My son wasn’t a violent person. I’m surprised by what he did,” 她告诉 the Daily Mail.
“I pray for those families. I’m praying for all of those innocent children; yes I am. 他们 [the children] had no part in this.”
Reports indicate Ramos had been living with his grandparents after moving out of his mother’s home.
But Adriana Reyes struck down rumors that she and her son had a toxic relationship, 说: “I had a good relationship with him. He kept to himself; he didn’t have many friends.”
Adriana Reyes says the last time she spoke to her son was on May 23 when she gifted him a card and a Snoopy stuffed animal.
She remains at the hospital with Gonzalez while she recovers.
FAMILY HAD ‘NO IDEA’
Rolando Reyes, the grandfather of Ramos, said the family had no idea that Ramos had purchased weapons in the days leading up to the attack.
He added that Ramos had come to live with his grandparents after constantly getting into arguments with his mother.
Ramos’ 祖父, 74, also said that his grandson was a “quiet teenager” who often spent time alone in his bedroom.
“He was very quiet; he didn’t talk very much,” Rolando Reyes told 美国广播公司新闻.
“I didn’t know he had weapons. If I had known, I would have reported it.”
Ramos’ grandfather said that this past year, the teen “didn’t go to school” and did not graduate.
“You would try to tell him, but kids nowadays, they think they know everything.