The mother of the Texas school shooter who gunned down 19 children and two teachers pleaded on Friday for victims to “forgive me, forgive my son.”
According to the NY Post, Adriana Martinez, the mom of the 18-year-old gunman Salvador Ramos, wept in her car as she insisted she had no idea what led her son to snap — though she added that he must have had his “reasons.”
“I have no words to say, I don’t know what he was thinking,” Martinez told the Spanish-language station Televisa.
“He had his reasons for doing what he did. Please don’t judge him. I only want the innocent children who died to forgive me,” she said. “Forgive me, forgive my son. I know he had his reasons.”
When asked what “reasons” he could have had, she said, “To get closer to those children instead of paying attention to the other bad things. I have no words. I don’t know.”
Social media exploded with anger over the fact that the shooter’s mom would suggest that her son, who committed such a disgusting and violent crime, would have his ‘reasons’.
Donald Trump Jr. tweeted “We’re not supposed to judge this F-ing piece of shit who killed 19 kids? He had his reasons??? F You!!!”
Ramos’ father, who has the same name, has also spoken out, saying he is “sorry [for] what my son did.”
“I never expected my son to do something like that,” the father told the Daily Beast on Thursday. “He should’ve just killed me, you know, instead of doing something like that to someone.”
The father told the Daily Beast he had not been in his son’s life much of late due to his job away from Uvalde.
The elder Ramos insisted his son “was a good person,” saying he dropped out of high school because he was bullied over his clothes.
“He was a quiet person, stuck to himself. He didn’t bother nobody. People were always bothering him,” the father said.