The mother of the Uvalde mass shooter ran into the family of one of her son’s victims and a tense and heartbreaking scene ensued, complete with a heated shouting match that was caught on camera.
“I know my son was a coward. You don’t think I don’t know that? I know. You don’t think I’m carrying all that with me? You don’t think I don’t know? I know. And I’m sorry,” Adriana Martinez, the mother of the killer Salvador Ramos, yelled in a video released Tuesday by Telemundo.
Telemundo caught the family of 10-year-old victim Amerie Jo Garza confronting Martinez as she walked to her car in Uvalde.
The family demanded to know why her son killed 19 children and two teachers that awful day and seemed to blame the mother, “Because he was pissed off at you? Because you destroyed him? Because that’s what he was saying.”
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“What reason did he have? What reason did he have to kill 21?” another family member yelled. They also wanted to know why the mother of the killer didn’t pick up on earlier warning signs and call the police on her son.
“I’m sorry,” Martinez told them as she wept.
She also yelled at one point that the family of the victim has “no right to judge my son” and added, “May God forgive y’all.”
Martinez’s apology did not satisfy the girl’s family. “She’s not innocent,” Dana Mendiola, Amerie Jo’s grandmother, told Telemundo.
Police officers eventually arrived and Martinez got into a police car.
The mother previously told CNN that her son “had his reasons for doing what he did” and begged for forgiveness from the families of his victims.
“Forgive me, forgive my son. I know he had his reasons,” she said in the interview, which was translated from Spanish by CNN.
(Video Credit: CNN)
When she was confronted over what his reasons might have been, Marinez said, “To get closer to those children, instead of paying attention to the other bad things. I have no words. I don’t know.”
Signs of the shooter’s twisted behavior a year before the Uvalde school massacre were everywhere. The gunman had already earned the nickname “school shooter.” It was an ongoing joke among those he played online games with. He had also started wearing all black and making over-the-top threats, especially toward women, who he terrorized with graphic descriptions of violence and rape according to the Texas Tribune.
The threats were ignored in the years that led up to the massacre at Robb Elementary School, according to an in-depth interim report released over the weekend by a committee investigating the shooting.
According to the report, a former girlfriend stated that she believed Ramos was abused by one of his mother’s boyfriends, but his mother didn’t believe him when he told her of the abuse. Ramos was also reportedly suicidal as well as deranged.
None of his threatening online behavior was reported to law enforcement by anyone.
The report was released on Sunday and painted the most complete picture to date of Salvador Ramos. The findings are based on law enforcement interviews with family members, data on the shooter’s phone, and testimony presented to the committee.
Ramos also shot his grandmother in the face before storming the school. Celia Gonzales survived the attack.
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