“Forgive me, forgive my son,” said the mother of the Texas school shooter who killed 19 children and two instructors on Friday.
Adriana Martinez, the mother of deranged 18-year-old gunman Salvador Ramos, sobbed in her car, insisting she had no idea what had triggered her son’s rage, but she acknowledged that he must have had his “reasons.”
“I have no words to say; I have no idea what he was thinking,” Martinez told Televisa in Spanish.
“He had his justifications for what he did. Please don’t pass judgment on him. “All I want is forgiveness from the innocent children who died,” she stated. “Please forgive me, please forgive my son.” I’m sure he had good reasons.”
“To become closer to those youngsters instead of paying attention to the other awful things,” she stated when asked what “reasons” he could have had. I’m at a loss for words. “I’m not sure.”
On Tuesday, Ramos, 18, opened fire with a semi-automatic weapon at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, killing 21 people. At least 17 others were hurt, including his grandmother, who was shot.
Martinez, photographed praying on the porch of her parent’s home in Uvalde by Fox News, previously stated that Ramos was “not a violent person” but could become “aggressive” when enraged.
According to her father, the kid was living with her father and his wife because he “had troubles” with his mother.
On Friday, Martinez was seen outside her Uvalde home with multiple “NO TRESPASSING” signs posted on the gates leading up to the driveway.
According to a neighbour, Martinez had been living with a man at the house for years, but he wasn’t sure if it was the teen’s father or just a partner.
He stated Friday, “I just knew someone lived with her, and they would argue.” “They didn’t yell at each other all the time, but when they did, cops would show up.” I wouldn’t say that happened during Salvador’s life since nothing else seemed to happen once he was gone. “It was mostly silent once more.”
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On the other hand, Ramos’ grandparents were always present at the house, according to the neighbour.
“A grandfather is a diligent man, and, unfortunately, some people blame him for what occurred.” Grandma was always cleaning up the yard and fixing things,” he said. “She recently finished building a small tiny cottage on the site a few months ago. I sympathize with them. Some people are slamming them, and it’s not right.”
As he recounted Tuesday’s violence, the neighbour held back tears while looking at his small boy.
“When those children were born, their parents laid down with them with no expectation that something like this would occur. “It hurts my heart,” he expressed his sorrow.
“I’d prefer Uvalde to remain unknown and for this not to occur. All over the news, they’re talking about our small town. My hometown has gone viral, but for the worst possible cause.”
Ramos’ father, who shares the same name as his son, has also apologized for “what my son did.”
“I never anticipated my son to do something like that,” the parent told the Daily Beast on Thursday. “Instead of doing something like that to someone, he should’ve just murdered me.”
Due to his employment away from Uvalde, the father informed the Daily Beast that he had recently not been involved much in his son’s life.
He said he had been away from his son because of the pandemic because he didn’t want to spread the infection to his mother, who is battling cancer. The COVID-19 restrictions strained the relationship, with his kid refusing to speak to dad for approximately a month.
He claimed the two hadn’t seen each other since.
Nonetheless, the elder Ramos stated that his son “was a decent person,” claiming that he dropped out of high school due to bullying over his clothing.
“He was a quiet, reclusive individual. He was unobtrusive and discreet. “Everyone was always harassing him,” the parent explained.