‘Forgive my son. I know he had his reasons’: Mom of school shooter asks for forgiveness

(Video: CNN)

The mother of the deceased 18-year-old suspect held responsible for the massacre at a Texas elementary school Tuesday begged for forgiveness from the victims in an emotional outpouring muddled by the confusing suggestion of “reasons” for her son’s actions.

A distraught Adriana Martinez was interviewed by the CNN affiliate Televisa Friday where she attempted to convey her sympathies over the murder of 19 children and two teachers committed by her son at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas. Having previously expressed her prayers for the families and contended that she had a “good relationship” with her son, Martinez admitted that she didn’t know what might have driven him to such an act of evil.

“I have no words to say, I don’t know what he was thinking,” she told Televisa. She would later go on to plead, “Forgive me, forgive my son. I know he had his reasons.”

However, those cries for forgiveness may have fallen on deaf ears when the mother seemingly attempted to justify the atrocities committed by her son. “He had his reasons for doing what he did,” she stated. “Please don’t judge him. I only want the innocent children who died to forgive me.”

When asked what possible reasons anyone could have for such violence, Ramirez went on, “To get closer to those children instead of paying attention to the other bad things. I have no words. I don’t know.”

The reactions to her claim were almost as infuriated as to the original tragedy.

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The father of the suspect, Salvador Ramos Sr., had received similar backlash when he pleaded with the public that, of his son, they didn’t “know anything he was going through” and he “didn’t want them calling him a monster.”

Ramos also argued that Ramirez, whom he is believed to be divorced from, was at fault for not “buying [her son] more school supplies and clothes” for which “his son was bullied at school for wearing the same high-water jeans every day, and that this was the reason he ultimately dropped out.”

The father was reported as having at least one assault conviction on his criminal record for causing bodily injury to a family member. While the parents’ actual involvement in the upbringing of the suspect remains highly contentious, at least one neighbor reported to the New York Post that the grandparents were always around.

“The grandpa is a very hardworking man and it’s sad some people are blaming him for what happened,” the neighbor said to the Post. “Grandma was always cleaning the yard, fixing things all the time…I feel for them. I see some people bashing them and it’s not fair.”

That person went on to lament, “I’d rather Uvalde stay unknown and this not happen. They are talking about our little town all over the news. My hometown is going viral but for the worst reason possible.”


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