Uvalde Gunman’s Father Speaks Out

Robb Elementary School memorial following the shooting in Uvalde, TX. | Image from Getty Images

Following the mass shooting in Uvalde, Texas, the father of the 18-year-old gunman spoke out and wanted everyone to know that he was sorry for his son’s actions.

“I just want the people to know I’m sorry, man, [for] what my son did,” said the elder Salvador Ramos, 42, in an interview with The Daily Beast.

The younger Salvador Ramos fatally shot 19 children and two teachers on May 24 at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde. 

At least 17 more people were injured and sent to hospitals in the area for treatment.

“I never expected my son to do something like that,” said the father. “He should’ve just killed me, you know, instead of doing something like that to someone.”

Details are still unfolding to determine the motive of the shooting. According to authorities, the gunman was described as a local high school dropout with no criminal record and no known mental health issues.

The elder Ramos said he was at work on the day of the shooting and found out about it when his mother called to inform him. He began calling the local jail in a panic, asking if his son was there.

However, he discovered that his son was dead.

“They killed my baby, man,” he said. “I’m never gonna see my son again, just like they’re not gonna see their kids. And that hurts me.”

Ramos stated that his son was “a good person” who “stuck to himself” despite the horrific mass shooting that he carried out on Tuesday. The father stated he had no idea why his son had become so violent or why he had designated the school as a target.

“I want my son’s story out there,” said Ramos. “I don’t want them calling him a monster… they don’t know nothing, man. They don’t know anything he was going through.”

The dad acknowledged that he was estranged from his son due to the pandemic and because he worked outside of Uvalde, digging holes around utility poles for inspection.

Ramos explained that his mother was fighting cancer and that he could not risk her being infected with COVID-19. He went on to say that around a month ago, his son became annoyed with the COVID measures and refused to speak to him. Since then, Ramos had not had contact with him.

Ramos also criticized Adriana Reyes, his son’s mother, for not purchasing more school materials and clothing. He claimed that his son was tormented at school for wearing the same high-water jeans every day, which led to him dropping out.

The father stated his son complained a lot about his maternal grandmother, whom the younger Ramos shot before the shooting at the elementary school. He claimed he offered his son the opportunity to live with his paternal grandparents, but the adolescent declined.

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  1. Lynda Kingsley

    So those high water jeans caused him to drop out and then sometime later kill students in an elementary school?

    • Texas R

      I get the impression from reading the article that it has been carefully written to highlight points that fit an agenda rather than laying out everything the author discovered while doing his or her research. Or, the mom and dad were not entirely forthcoming in what they knew about their son.

  2. Chris Romack

    He killed 19 children and 2 teachers. Yeah, sorry, but he was a monster.

    • jim steele

      A M E N ! !

    • Johnny

      exactly evil, monster with sick twisted demonic mind

  3. Texas R

    The break up of the family unit is a major cause in alot of crime and these kinds of incidents.

    • Alice Coker

      The father does not seem to recognize that or is unwilling to understand that children need both parents.

    • Chris Romack

      Hmm, I came from a broken home. Something else going on here bud.

      • Johnny

        me 2 and i did ok

  4. Texas R

    Find on Youtube WFAA’s clip Uvalde High School Senior Speaks on Shooter. The interviewee reveals ‘red flag’ type behaviors of the shooter. It is the kind of raw observation you won’t find on main media channels. I just wish the young man had spoken up earlier to someone at the school or the police if he truly knew the information he purports.

  5. Cyn

    What really bothers me is…..Where or who purchased these guns for this unemployed high school dropout? It would take a lot of money, cash, credit card and credit to purchase the items that was found. I would like to know who was behind these purchases.



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