Salvador Ramos told the school children: “You will die”: The victim’s family

A family member of a victim of Tuesday’s mass shooting at a Texas school said authorities and survivors of the shooting told her the gunman told the children “you’re going to die” before opening fire.

Authorities have named Salvador Ramos, 18, as the gunman responsible for the deaths of 19 children and two teachers at Robb Primary School in Uvalde. Ramos, who was killed by police officers, is believed to have been armed with a rifle and pistol and was wearing body armor in the incident. It was the second-deadliest school shooting since the 2012 Sandy Hook shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, which killed 26 people.

One of the victims was 10-year-old fourth grader Amerie Jo Garza. The child’s grandmother, Berlinda Irene Arreola, spoke to The Daily Beast in a story published Wednesday. She said she was briefed on the final moments before Garza was mortally wounded.

“So the shooter went in and said to the kids, ‘You’re going to die,'” Arreola told The Daily Beast. “And you [Garza] had her phone and she called 911. And instead of grabbing it and breaking it or taking it from her, he shot her. She was sitting right next to her best friend. Her best friend was covered in her blood.”

Police in Uvalde, Texas
A family member of a victim of Tuesday’s mass shooting at a Texas school told a media outlet she was informed that the gunman told the children, “You are going to die,” before opening fire. Law enforcement is seen in this photo following the Robb Elementary School shooting that killed at least 21 people on May 24, 2022 in Uvalde, Texas.
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The Daily Beast said Arreola wrote in a text message that Garza was shot while trying to brief authorities on the situation.

“My granddaughter was shot for trying to call 911. She died a hero trying to get help for her and her classmates,” Arreola wrote, according to The Daily Beast.

Authorities said Ramos shot and killed his grandmother before targeting the school. He lived with his grandmother, who is reportedly in critical condition after a difficult time with his mother. People who said they know the family told The Washington Post that Ramos often argued with his mother and that she was a drug addict.

That post Office spoke to one of Ramos’ classmates, Nadia Reyes, who told the newspaper Ramos posted a video on social media two months ago where he could be seen yelling at his mother.

“He was posting videos on his Instagram of the police being there and he was calling his mom and saying she wanted to kick him out,” Reyes said, according to the post Office. “He was screaming and talking very aggressively to his mother.”

news week reached out to the Texas Department of Public Safety for comment. Salvador Ramos told the school children: “You will die”: The victim’s family

Rick Schindler

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