The Making Of A Massacre

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In an event as horrific as what just occurred in Uvalde Texas, it makes many of us left asking WHY in disbelief. What would drive a person to do such a terrible thing? That is a question most of us could never answer because simply no matter how bad things are we would never commit such an evil act. In many cases, we may have faced trials and tribulations and as we grew up we understood they were there to build character and make us better adults.

This is what we know about the young man who carried out this terrible act:

Who was Salvador Ramos? As we asked that question details shared by childhood friends and a family member paint a picture not dissimilar to the Columbine High School shooters from two decades earlier.

Here is what we know: 

Salvador Ramos’ friend Santos Valdez Jr. said his friend began cutting his face with knives and told him it was just “for fun”. Ramos claimed it was a cat a first and then later admitted what he did and said he ‘liked how it looked.’

Valdez described how Ramos used to shoot random people with a BB gun and egg people’s cars.

Ramos was bullied throughout middle school for a speech impediment. He told his grandmother that he didn’t want to go back to school. He often did not.

Childhood friend Stephen Garcia told the paper that Ramos was bullied over social media, gaming, and everything else and that he tried to defend his friend.

In response to the bullying, Ramos began wearing all black, grew out his hair, and posted an Instagram Story about his mother trying to kick him out. A neighbor, Ruben Flores, recalled, “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 told the paper. “He’d be screaming and talking to his mom really aggressively.”

Flores and several other people said Ramos’ mother used drugs, contributing to the trouble at home.

Ramos moved to his grandmother’s home across town a few months ago. Ramos shot his grandmother and then went to Robb Elementary School with two assault rifles.

Ramos worked at a Wendy’s, where his manager says he was a quiet worker who didn’t socialize with other employees. Yarelli Vasquez said Ramos was typically quiet but would make aggressive comments. “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.” 

Ramos often would post videos online showing him with guns and knives or boxing and training for fights. A photo of two AR-15-style rifles appeared on an Instagram account linked to Ramos just three days before the massacre.

The Instagram account Ramos used to post photos of guns and selfies was taken down after Texas Gov. Greg Abbott released his name.

For more information on this story please consider these sources:

  1. Texas school shooting victims: Third grader, 5 fourth graders, 2 teachers among those killed at Uvalde elementary  NBC News
  2. Official: Texas gunman bought two assault rifles on 18th birthday  CNN
  3. Who is the Texas school shooter? What we know  Fox News
  4. COMING UP: Abbott, Cruz, Cornyn, State Leaders on Uvalde Shooting  NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth
  5. Opinion | The Texas School Massacre: Heartache, Outrage and Calls for Action  The New York Times

 

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