Shooter’s mother and grandfather express confusion and remorse over shooting
The mother of the Uvalde school shooter, Salvador Ramos, said she was in shock and asked for forgiveness after her son shot and killed 21 people at a Texas elementary school on Tuesday.
“I have no words, I have no words to say, I don’t know what he was thinking. He had his reasons for doing what he did and please don’t judge him I just want the innocent children who died to forgive me,” Adriana Martinez told CNN affiliate Televisa.
Martinez described Ramos as ‘calm’.
“He was very quiet. He was himself. He didn’t bother anyone – he didn’t do anything to anyone,” she told Televisa.
His grandfather told CNN on Thursday that he knew many families affected by the massacre.
“Some of them are my friends, and I will have to face them one day,” said Rolando Reyes.
Reyes’ wife was the first victim that day, shot in the face at their home before Ramos went to Robb Elementary School and killed 21 people.
A bullet pierced his wife’s jaw and upper cheek, Reyes said, and she will need major reconstructive surgery at a San Antonio hospital.
The shooter’s grandmother “did everything for him,” Reyes said, including cooking and picking him up after late shifts at a fast food joint, and he doesn’t understand why the 18-year-old is would take it out on her.
Reyes is the father of Ramos’ mother, who has been crying so much since the shooting that one of his eyes is almost swollen, he said.
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