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Mother of 18-year-old Texas school shooter says he ‘wasn’t a violent person’

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The mother of Salvador Ramos, the 18-year-old who killed 19 children and two teachers in a mass shooting in a Texas elementary school, has rejected claims that her son was a violent person.

In an interview with the Daily Mail, Adriana Reyes said she was “surprised” by her son’s actions. She sent her condolences to the mourning families.

“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 told the London-based daily, speaking from the hospital where her mother — her son’s first victim — was being treated.

Ramos, who was staying with his grandparents at the time of the shooting, shot his grandmother in the face before heading to the Robb Elementary School in Uvalde on Tuesday with two military-style rifles he had purchased on his birthday, a day before.

“I had a card and a Snoopy stuffed animal to give to him,” his mother recollected, describing the “good” relationship with her son and rejecting reports that suggested a toxic relationship between them as a possible reason for Ramos’s decision to move in with his grandparents.

She added, “My son wasn’t a violent person,” describing him as a loner who had experienced social difficulties throughout his life. “He kept to himself; he didn’t have many friends,” she said.

Authorities in #Uvalde, Texas say Salvador Raimondo Ramos, 18, is the gunman who killed his grandmother before murdering 14........

© The Times of Israel

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