SCHOOL shooter Salvador Ramos’ parents have spoken out after his son killed 19 children and two teachers at Robb elementary.
He also spoke out for the first time since the shooting.
Reyes said she was “surprised” to learn of her son’s horrific actions.
“My son wasn’t a violent person. I’m surprised by what he did,” she told the Daily Mail.
“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.”
Ramos opened fire at the school on Tuesday afternoon where he killed 19 children and two teachers. He also left 17 others injured.
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Age range of student victims
According to Sky News, the deceased and injured students are in 3rd, 4th and 5th grade, between the ages of eight and 11.
Robb Elementary statement
The rest of the Facebook statement reads:
Uvalde CISD Staff are to report to their campuses tomorrow. School counselors will be available at all campuses to provide counseling support. Surrounding community counselors will be available at the Civic Center tomorrow to assist the Robb students, parents and faculty with counseling support. This is a tragic time in our district, we will come together to begin the healing process.
This is a difficult time for everyone, however the gentle support all school community members give to each other during this time is the first step in healing. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact your campus principal or your child’s school counselor.
Robb Elementary’s statement
In a Facebook post following the shooting, Robb Elementary issued a statement to parents and faculty:
Uvalde CISD Parents and Faculty,
Our community has experienced a terrible tragedy. We must come together to console one another and respect the privacy of the families. Please keep all families in your prayers.
School has been canceled for the rest of the school year for our students. This includes all extra-curricular activities for Wednesday and Thursday. The Graduation Ceremony will be addressed at a later time.
Suspect shared chilling plot in Instagram messages
The account claiming to be the alleged gunman tagged a random user in a photo featuring weapons.
“You gonna repost my gun pics,” wrote the suspected shooter.
The person he tagged, who claims that she does not know the shooter and doesn’t live in Texas, asked: “What your guns gotta do with me?”
The shooter writes back: “Just wanted to tag you.”
Gov Abbott to address NRA convention
Texas Governor Abbott is planning to hold a press conference in Uvalde, TX on Friday.
He is expected to address the upcoming NRA convention via pre-recorded video, instead of a scheduled in-person appearance, according to Lauren McGaughy, Reporter via Twitter.
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On May 24, 2022, at Robb Elementary 18 people were killed in the deadly school shooting.
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Teachers tried to block bullets
Joevonni Gomez, another survivor, said he didn’t know what was happening when the school announced on the intercom system that there was an active shooter on campus.
The nine-year-old told WKBN he thought: “Like what’s happening, and like why did this happen, and like, why is he doing this?”
Joevonni said his teachers stood by the classroom door to block bullets.
“The teacher will block the bullets with their bodies, so we can run and save our lives,” he said.
Survivor hid in cafeteria
“We were all hiding behind the stage in the cafeteria when it happened,” said the third-grader.
“Everybody was scared. We were all panicking because we didn’t know what was really happening.
‘He came in and shot her’
The boy also shared that when cops showed up and asked those who needed help to yell, a student complied and was then shot by Ramos.
“One of the persons in my class said ‘help.’ The guy overheard and he came in and shot her,” he said.
Once the shooting stopped, he came out from under the table.
“I just put my hand out,” he added. “I got out with my friend. I knew it was the police. I saw the armor and the shield.”
Fourth-grader describes how he survived
A fourth-grader has also shared how he survived the Texas school shooting – by hiding when the gunman stormed in and said: “It’s time to die.”
The student said he and several of his friends escaped by running under a table with a tablecloth as cover.
“When I heard the shooting through the door, I told my friend to hide under something so he won’t find us,” the boy told KENS 5.
“I was hiding hard. And I was telling my friend to not talk because he is going to hear us.”
Ramos’s disturbing tactic to lure girls online
“He would be active every day and join our lives, repeating girls’ names until they paid attention to him,” said the teen, who wished to remain anonymous.
Chilling texts thought to have been sent by Ramos also show he told one girl: “You’re going to regret not doing what I say.”
The messages, obtained by The Sun, add: “Answer me.”
Elon Musk issues gun control warning
Elon Musk, the world’s richest man, has taken to Twitter to reveal his stance on assault rifles after being prompted by another user.
“Thoughts on the AR-15 discussion or too controversial for you to weigh in on,” a lawyer named A.J. Delgado asked Musk.
“Assault rifles should at minimum require a special permit, where the recipient is extremely well-vetted IMO,” the Tesla CEO replied.
Musk reiterated that he supports “tight background checks” for all gun sales in a separate email to CNBC.
Cousin says Joe Garcia died of ‘heartbreak’
“I truly believe Joe died of a broken heart and losing the love of his life of more than 30 years was too much to bear,” Austin wrote.
Joe and Irma were high school sweethearts and were married for 24 years.
Martinez said that the couple leaves behind four children, ages 23, 19, and 15 and the youngest, 13.
“No child should have to go through this, my heart breaks for them,” the nephew wrote.
Irma Garcia’s husband dies from heart attack
“EXTREMELY heartbreaking and come with deep sorrow to say that my Tia Irma’s husband Joe Garcia has passed away due to grief,” John Martinez shared.
“I truly am at a loss for words for how we are all feeling, PLEASE PRAY FOR OUR FAMILY, God have mercy on us, this isn’t easy.”
Martinez told the New York Times that Joe had visited his wife’s memorial on Thursday morning to drop off flowers, and when he got back home, he “pretty much just fell over.”
Meghan Markle pays respects to victims
Duchess Meghan Markle visited Uvalde, Texas, on Thursday to pay her respects to the 21 victims of the Robb Elementary school shooting.
The casually-dressed former actress was seen dropping off a bouquet of white roses at a makeshift memorial site for the victims outside the Uvalde County Courthouse
Twelve-minute gap unexplained
“There is a 12-minute gap between when he crashed his car to when he entered the school. What happened?” a reporter at the press conference asked.
“We’re not there yet,” the official responded, saying that investigators only have the facts right now.
School appears to have been ‘unlocked’
The Texas official said that at this point, it appears that the elementary school’s doors had been unlocked when the gunman entered.
Clarification about school district officer
The state official confirmed that no one stopped the gunman as he entered the school.
“From the grandmother’s house to the ditch into the school, he was not confronted by anybody. To clear the record on that.”
He said that law enforcement arrived four minutes later.
New details emerge
Salvador Ramos entered the school around 11.40am, Texas officials confirmed.
He turned left into a classroom that had doors open in the middle.
It’s confirmed that officers did not immediately enter the school, but called for backup.
The official said that as officers called for backup, they were evacuating students out of the school.
Tactical teams entered the classroom an hour after the gunman did and shot and killed the suspect.
Update from press conference
“We’re still grabbing a lot of information,” a Texas law enforcement official stated at today’s press conference, saying that investigators are still walking through the scene.
“We won’t stop until we get all the answers that we possibly can.”
“We want to make sure that we’re pushing out the right information.”
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