Wednesday 25 May 2022 08:04 PM Mother of Texas elementary school shooter claims her son, 18, was NOT a violent ... trends now
The mother of the sick school shooter who butchered 19 children and two teachers in Texas has claimed he 'wasn't a violent person'.
Adriana Reyes said she was 'surprised' by Salvador Ramos opening fire at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde yesterday.
She admitted her son was a loner who 'kept to himself and didn't have many friends' but shot down claims she had a toxic relationship with him.
Ramos was shot dead after his shooting spree left 19 children and two teachers dead as well as his grandmother fighting for her life after he blasted her in the face.
He had earlier bought two AR-15 assault rifles, bragged about them on social media and suggested he would commit an atrocity before the attack.
Adriana Reyes said she was 'surprised' by Salvador Ramos opening fire at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde yesterday
She admitted her son was a loner who 'kept to himself and didn't have many friends' but shot down claims she had a toxic relationship with him
Ramos was shot dead after his shooting spree left 19 children and two teachers dead as well as his grandmother Celia Gonzalez (pictured) fighting for her life after he blasted her in the face
Amerie Jo Garza, 10
Uziyah Garcia, 8
Makenna Elrod, 10
Xavier Lopez, 10
Eliahana Torres, 10
Ellie Lugo, 10
Tess Marie Mata
Rojelio Torres, 10
Jayce Carmelo Luevanos, 10
Jaliah Nicole Silguero
Alithia Ramirez, 10
Anabell Guadalupe Rodriguez, 10
Irma Garcia, 46 - fourth grade teacher
Eva Mireles, 44 - fourth grade teacher
But speaking to DailyMail.com from San Antonio, Reyes said: 'My son wasn't a violent person. I'm surprised by what he did.
'I pray for those families. I'm praying for all of those innocent children, yes I am. They (the children) had no part in this.'
She was speaking from a hospital where her mother Celia Gonzalez was still being treated for the gunshot wounds to her face.
She also slapped down reports she had a toxic relationship with her son that may have warped his personality. She continued: 'I had a good relationship with him. He kept to himself; he didn't have many friends.'
She said the last time she spoke with him was last Monday, on his birthday, adding: 'I had a card and a Snoopy stuffed animal to give to him.'
She claims she did not know where Salvador shot her mother but added, me and my sister are going to care for her when she gets home to Uvalde.
She said her mother 'with her left hand, was able to hold my hand.' She added her mother cannot smile but knows she is there for her. She said doctors do not know what her mother's prognosis is.
It comes after it emerged Ramos had warned in online messages minutes before the attack he had shot his grandmother and was going to shoot up a school.
He used an AR-15-style semi-automatic rifle in the bloodbath Tuesday at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde. He had legally bought two such rifles just days before, soon after his birthday, authorities said.
Investigators shed no immediate light on the motive. Gov. Greg Abbott said Ramos, a resident of the community about 85 miles (135 kilometers) west of San Antonio, had no known criminal or mental health history.
But about 30 minutes before the bloodbath, Ramos made three social media posts, Abbott said. According to the governor, Ramos posted that he was going to shoot his grandmother, then that he had shot the woman, and finally that he was going to shoot up an elementary school.
Fourth grader Alithia Ramirez (at left) was confirmed dead early Wednesday by her father, Ryan Ramirez, who shared a post to Facebook showing the 10-year-old with angel's wings. He had used the same photo the previous day as he pleaded for help finding her after the massacre. Jaliah Nicole Silguero (at right) was also confirmed as one of the victims early Wednesday, with her mother Veronica Luevanos also sharing a memorial post saying saying she was 'heartbroken' over the loss
Jayce Carmelo Luevanos (at left), who appears to be Jaliah's cousin based on posts shared by the family, was confirmed as one of the dead Wednesday by his aunt. 'Still can't believe that we're never gonna see you again,' she wrote on Facebook. Amerie Jo Garza (pictured at right with her father, Angel Garza) was confirmed dead by her dad Wednesday. The grieving parent captioned the post: 'My little love is now flying high with the angels above'
Uziyah Garcia, 8, (left) and Makenna Elrod, 10, (right) were both also confirmed dead by loved ones on Facebook
Xavier Lopez, 10, (left) and Eliahana Torres, 10, (right) was also killed at the school shooting on Tuesday
Ellie Lugo (left) and Nevaeh Bravo (right) were also killed. Ellie was reported as missing for several hours before her parents confirmed her death
Annabelle Guadalupe Rodriguez, 10, and Rogelio Torres, right, were also killed
Irma Garcia (left) and Eva Mireles (right), who co-taught fourth grade, were both shot and killed at Robb Elementary School on Tuesday
Seventeen people were also injured in the attack. 'Evil swept across Uvalde yesterday. Anyone who shoots his grandmother in the face has to have evil in his heart,' Abbott said at a news conference.
'But it is far more evil for someone to gun down little kids. It is intolerable and it is unacceptable for us to have in the state anybody who would kill little kids in our schools.'
Democrat Beto O´Rourke, who is running against Abbott for governor this year, interrupted the news conference, calling the Republican´s response to the tragedy 'predictable.' O´Rourke was escorted out while members of the crowd yelled at him, with one man calling him a 'sick son of a bitch.'
As details of the latest mass killing to rock the U.S. emerged, grief engulfed the small town of Uvalde, population 16,000.
The dead included an outgoing 10-year-old, Eliahna Garcia, who loved to sing, dance and play basketball; a fellow fourth grader, Xavier Javier Lopez, who had been eagerly awaiting a summer of swimming; and a teacher, Eva Mireles, with 17 years´ experience whose husband is an officer with the school district´s police department.
'I just don´t know how people can sell that type of a gun to a kid 18 years old,' Eliahna´s aunt, Siria Arizmendi, said angrily through tears. 'What is he going to use it for but for that purpose?'
Lt Christopher Olivarez of the Texas Department of Public Safety told CNN that all of those killed were in the same fourth-grade classroom.
The killer 'barricaded himself by locking the door and just started shooting children and teachers that were inside that classroom,' Olivarez said. 'It just shows you the complete evil of the shooter.'
Law enforcement officers eventually broke into the classroom and killed the gunman. Police and others responding to the attack also went around breaking windows at the school to enable students and teachers to escape.
One video at the scene appears to show the suspected gunman, named by Governor Greg Abbott as Salvador Ramos, approach the school while what sounds like gunfire is going off in the background
A police vehicle is seen parked near of a truck believed to belong to the suspect behind a shooting at Robb Elementary School
New video from the chaotic scene shows police arriving to the scene with their guns in hand
Ramos's home in Uvalde is seen on Tuesday as police try to fathom a motive for the shooting
Law enforcement are seen near the crime scene on Tuesday afternoon after the mass murder at the school
The attack in the predominantly Latino town of Uvalde