The gunman who slaughtered 19 children and two academics at a Texas elementary school reportedly exhibited more and more weird behavior main as much as the rampage – together with chopping up his face with knives simply “for fun,” buddies mentioned.
Gunman Salvador Ramos’ pal Santos Valdez Jr., 18, mentioned that the 2 had been shut, enjoying video video games and basketball often, till his pal’s behavior started to “deteriorate,” The Washington Post reported.
At one level, he recounted, Ramos confirmed up at a park with scratch marks throughout his face and mentioned he had been attacked by a cat.
“Then he told me the truth, that he’d cut up his face with knives over and over and over,” Valdez informed the newspaper
“I was like, ‘You’re crazy, bro, why would you do that?’” he mentioned. Ramos informed him it was simply “for fun,” Valdez mentioned.
The pal mentioned he final interacted with Ramos simply two hours earlier than the assault at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde.
The two messaged on Instagram, the place Valdez reshared a meme that mentioned, “WHY TF IS SCHOOL STILL OPEN,” based on the Washington Post, which reported that Ramos replied, “Facts” and “That’s good tho right?”
Valdez reportedly wrote: “Idek [I don’t even know] I don’t even go to school lmao.”
But Ramos by no means responded to the message — and even opened it, he mentioned.
Valdez additionally described how Ramos used to drive round with one other pal and shoot individuals at random with a BB gun — and likewise egged individuals’s automobiles.
He mentioned that Ramos final year posted on social media photos of automated rifles that “he would have on his wish list” – and some days in the past, he posted images of two rifles he known as “my gun pics,” the paper reported.
Friends and kinfolk additionally mentioned Ramos had been bullied all through center school and junior excessive for a speech obstacle – a stutter and lisp, based on the Washington Post.
His cousin Mia mentioned she noticed college students mocking his obstacle throughout center school, the place he tried at first to disregard the bullying however then informed his grandmother that he didn’t wish to return to school.
“He wasn’t very much of a social person after being bullied for the stutter,” mentioned Mia, who declined to offer her final title. “I think he just didn’t feel comfortable anymore at school.”
Childhood pal Stephen Garcia informed the paper that Ramos “would get bullied arduous, like bullied by lots of people. Over social media, over gaming, over the whole lot.
“He was the nicest kid, the most shyest kid. He just needed to break out of his shell,” he mentioned, including that Ramos was as soon as subjected to homophobic slurs after posting a photograph of himself carrying black eyeliner.
Garcia mentioned he tried to defend his pal earlier than transferring along with his mom to a different a part of the state for her job.
“He just started being a different person. He kept getting worse and worse, and I don’t even know,” he informed the paper.
Ramos quickly started carrying all black, walked in giant army boots and grew out his hair, based on the report.
Nadia Reyes, one other excessive school classmate, informed the paper that Ramos not too long ago posted an Instagram story of himself yelling at his mother, who he mentioned was making an attempt to kick him out of their residence.
“He posted videos on his Instagram where the cops were there and he’d call his mom a b—- and say she wanted to kick him out,” she informed the paper. “He’d be screaming and talking to his mom really aggressively.”
Ramos’ neighbor Ruben Flores, 41, mentioned he tried to be a type of father determine to the troubled teen, who had “a pretty rough life with his mom.”
He informed the paper he noticed police on the Hood Street residence, the place he witnessed blowups between the 2.
Flores and several other different individuals conversant in the household mentioned Ramos’ mom used medication, which contributed to the difficulty at residence, based on the Washington Post, which mentioned it couldn’t attain her for remark.
Ramos moved to his grandmother’s residence throughout city a couple of months in the past, based on Flores, who mentioned he final noticed the grandmother Sunday when she stopped by the mother’s Hood Street property, which she additionally owned.
He mentioned she informed him she was within the means of evicting Ramos’ mom due to her drug points.
Ramos allegedly shot his grandmother earlier than heading over to Robb Elementary School in Uvalde with two assault rifles round 11:32 a.m. native time Tuesday, based on officers.
Meanwhile, new particulars even have been reported about Ramos’ behavior at a neighborhood Wendy’s, the place he labored from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. or 5 p.m., 5 days per week.
Adrian Mendes, the night supervisor on the fast-food joint, told CNN that he “kept to himself mostly.”
“He felt like the quiet type, the one who doesn’t say much. He didn’t really socialize with the other employees,” Mendes mentioned. “He just worked, got paid, and came in to get his check.”
A younger girl who labored with him till March observed an aggressive streak.
“He would be very rude towards the girls sometimes, and one of the cooks, threatening them by asking, ‘Do you know who I am?’ And he would also send inappropriate texts to the ladies,” the previous co-worker told The Daily Beast on situation of anonymity.
“At the park, there’d be videos of him trying to fight people with boxing gloves. He’d take them around with him,” she mentioned.
Meawnhile, a photograph of two AR-15-style rifles appeared on an Instagram account linked to Ramos simply three days earlier than the bloodbath, based on CNN.
His TikTok web page has solely a single put up of a cell recreation, but the bio beneath his profile picture reads: “Kids be scared irl” — an acronym for “in real life.”
Just hours earlier than the massacre, Ramos cryptically messaged a stranger “I’m about to.”
The Instagram account with the username “salv8dor_” contained images of weapons and selfies of himself. It was taken down after Texas Gov. Greg Abbott launched his title.
The account’s single grid put up options three images — a mirror selfie of Ramos in a sweatshirt, a grainy black-and-white close-up of his face, and a first-person shot of an individual holding a firearm journal of their lap.
The identical account shared a photograph of two rifles laying side-by-side to its tales. The account tagged one other person within the picture.
That person, @epnupues, mentioned Ramos was a complete stranger who tagged her within the gun picture and messaged her that he “got a lil secret”.
The Instagram person, who mentioned she doesn’t reside in Texas, questioned why he tagged her within the pic of the rifles and mentioned she discovered it scary that he tagged her.
“You gonna repost my gun pics,” @sal8dor_ direct messaged the woman on May 12.
“what your guns gotta do with me,” she replied on Friday.
“Just wanted to tag you,” he mentioned again.
Then at 5:43 a.m. Tuesday @salv8dor_ messaged her “I’m about to”.
The woman requested “about to what” to which he answered, “I’ll tell you before 11.”
He mentioned he’d textual content her in an hour and urged her to reply.
“I got a lil secret I wanna tell u,” he messaged with a smiley face emoji protecting its mouth.
He by no means informed the woman his secret. His final message at 9:16 a.m. was “Ima air out.”