Adriana Reyes is the mother of Salvador Ramos, the young man who perpetrated a shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas on Tuesday, leaving 21 fatalities.
The woman attended the Church of the Sacred Heart in the last few hours, where the vigil was held as a tribute to the victims of this massacre that has shocked the United States.
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Reyes broke down in tears as soon as he arrived at the scene and gave an interview to the ABC News channel in which he spoke for the first time about his son, whom he said had been “aggressive” but “not a monster.”
“I had an uneasy feeling at times, like what are you up to? He could be aggressive… if he really got angry,” the woman told the American media.
Adriana Reyes also assured that she was unaware that her son, Salvador Ramos, 18, who was shot by the police, had bought two assault rifles just after he came of age.
About the 19 children who were killed by her son in the first school, the woman said through tears: “Those children… I have no words. I don’t know what to say about those poor children.”
In this regard, the aggressor’s grandfather, Rolando Reyes, also recently spoke out, expressing his pain at this massacre and assuring that “many of the children were grandchildren of my friends.”
Rolando Reyes is the husband of the grandmother who was shot in her house by the aggressor when he tried to stop her from leaving with a gun. The 66-year-old woman remains hospitalized after suffering multiple gunshot wounds.
Salvador Ramos’ mother was disconsolate at the vigil for the victims of the massacre. However, a community leader from Uvalde, Fatima Abraham, comforted her, telling the Texas Tribune, “We are here with her because we have to pray instead of criticizing or attacking.”
Abraham added that “not everyone in the community is against her” and that Reyes “has to know that she is not to blame for this. She did not put the gun in the hands of her son.”