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Tragedy Has knocked On The Doors of Uvalde

Tragedy Has knocked On The Doors of Uvalde

Tragedy has knocked on the doors of Uvalde, Texas. On Tuesday night, the name of Salvador Ramos, 18, was on the lips of all the residents of this mostly Latino community halfway between the city of San Antonio and the Mexican border. “He was the quiet type. And they say that he did like to play those shooting video games, Call of Duty and Modern Warfare,” said Eric, who did not want to reveal his last name, but whose son studies at the same school as the shooter.

Eric, 44, dressed in a camouflage T-shirt and cap, had a gun hanging from his waist. Guns and rifles are also popular in this community, where there are many hunting and fishing enthusiasts. According to this resident, Salvador Ramos was “a good guy,” but he was a victim of bullying in high school. “My son tells me that he knows a boy who liked to hit him,” he says. He barricaded himself inside a fourth-grade classroom, where a graduation ceremony had taken place minutes earlier. The school had 535 students enrolled in the academic year that ended in 2021. Many of the shooting victims were 10 years old.

Ramos lived with his two maternal grandparents, Rolando Reyes and Celia Martínez, in a one-story house on Diaz Street, a few meters from the school. The assailant’s mother, Adriana Martínez, did not live with them, but in another part of town. “His mother was going through bad times,” one of the neighbors on that street said on Tuesday night. That is why the grandparents were taking care of Salvador, whose father was never present in his life. The area is populated by first or second-generation Americans, children of Mexican immigrants. Almost everyone speaks Spanish here. According to Roland Gutierrez, a local senator who had access to police reports, Ramos was born in North Dakota.

According to the authorities’ account, Ramos argued with his grandmother before committing the crime. The young man had uploaded to social networks photographs of the weapons that he had bought legally in a local store. The grandmother, according to some of the neighbors, knew of her grandson’s plans and tried to prevent him from carrying them out.  Ramos held a few jobs in town. A lot of my employees talk to each other and are friendly. He wasn’t like that. I don’t think anyone knew him,” the restaurant’s nighttime coordinator told The New York Times.

The teen also did sporadic jobs with his grandfather Rolando, who installs air conditioning units and does other maintenance tasks. In recent months the family had mourned several deaths of close relatives. Rolando had lost his mother and his brother, Salvador’s great-uncle. I don’t blame my friend at all. I don’t hold a grudge against him,” he said.

What does bother Cruz is the role of the police. “Where were they?” he wonders. According to him, the police chief, Daniel Rodríguez, had promised special surveillance in the school district. In May 2018, the authorities of this town arrested two teenagers, ages 13 and 14, who were students at Morales High School and who had been planning to carry out a shooting there. The investigation revealed that the minors identified with Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold, the Columbine killers. Years later, a massacre has occurred inside the classrooms of Uvalde after all.

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