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The father of the Texas school shooter has apologised for his son’s massacre that claimed 21 people including 19 young children, saying the boy ‘should have just killed me’ instead.

 

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Salvador Ramos Sr, 42, said he ‘never expected’ his youngest child to go on a killing spree, describing him as ‘a good person’ who ‘stuck to himself.’

 

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He admitted having a distant and difficult relationship with Salvador Jr – and that his own mother believes the 18-year-old would have shot him if he could because ‘he would always say I didn’t love him.’

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‘I don’t want them calling him a monster… they don’t know nothing, man,’ he said. ‘They don’t know anything he was going through.’

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Ramos Sr spoke to the Daily Beast two days after his son burst into Robb Elementary School in the city of Uvalde, southern Texas, armed with a legally-purchased AR-15 style rifle and opened fire on a fourth-grade class and their teachers.

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Before the attack on Tuesday, May, 24,  Ramos Jr had shot his 66-year-old grandmother Celia Gonzalez in the face during an argument.

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He spent more than an hour inside the school along with the terrified students and their dead classmates, before a Border Patrol arrived and shot him dead.

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Ramos Sr said his son was a quiet boy who was not naturally inclined to violence, but who grew angrier as he got older.

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‘I said, “Mijo, one day somebody’s going to kick your ass,”‘ the father recalled. ‘I started seeing different changes in him like that.’

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Ramos, who lives outside of Uvalde where he works digging holes around utility poles for inspection, admits he hadn’t seen his son much in recent years.

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He also blamed the distance between himself and his son because his own mother is suffering from cancer, and he has been isolating himself with her due to Covid. 

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Ramos Sr said Ramos Jr grew frustrated with the restrictions a month ago and stopped talking to him.

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Ramos Jr had only turned 18 on May 16, before he went to buy two AR-15s and more than three hundred rounds of gun ammunition at the Oasis Outback store in Uvalde, a 10-minute drive from his house. 

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His grandmother, believed to be 66-year-old Celia Martinez, took him for dinner at Applebee’s to celebrate his birthday not knowing had plans to embark on a shooting spree.

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