The mother of the teenager who slaughtered 19 children and two teachers at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, said he ‘had his reasons.’

Salvador Ramos’ mother Adriana Reyes aka Martinez, told CNN in Spanish: ‘I have no words. I have no words to say. I don’t know what he was thinking.

‘He had his reasons for doing what he did and please don’t judge him,’ she continued.

Reyes also begged for forgiveness for herself and her son after the mass shooting on Tuesday.

‘I only want the innocent children who died to forgive me. Forgive me, forgive my son. I know he had his reasons.’

Ramos reportedly had a strained relationship with his mother – something she denies – and was living at his grandmother Celia Martinez Gonzalez’s home when he went on the rampage on Tuesday.

In fact, Gonzalez was his first victim, when he shot her in the face before stealing her car and driving to Robb Elementary School, where he crashed, then ran inside, barricading himself inside a classroom and shooting dead the 19 children and two teachers.

His mother, when asked why he targeted the elementary school, simply said it was ‘to get closer to those children.’

‘Instead of paying attention to the other bad things, I have no words. I don’t know,’ she said.

Reyes’ mother, Celia Martinez Gonzalez, was the first victim of Ramos’ vile rampage when she was shot in the face, with the bullet entering her cheek and exiting under her ear, by the crazed gunman over an argument about his failure to graduate from high school.

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In an exclusive interview  she did not address claims she was a drug addict who saw the boy ditch her and go to live with his grandmother.

Speaking to from San Antonio, Reyes said: ‘My son wasn’t a violent person. I’m surprised by what he did.

‘I pray for those families. I’m praying for all of those innocent children, yes I am. They [the children] had no part in this.’

She was speaking from the hospital where her mother Gonzalez was still being treated for the gunshot wounds to her face.

She also slapped down reports she had a toxic relationship with her son that may have warped his personality. She continued: ‘I had a good relationship with him. He kept to himself; he didn’t have many friends.’

She said the last time she spoke with him was last Monday, on his birthday, adding: ‘I had a card and a Snoopy stuffed animal to give to him.’

Reyes’ mother, Gonzalez, 66, survived the bullet wound to her forehead and notified police about the actions of her grandson on May 27.

She claims she did not know where Salvador shot her mother but added, me and my sister are going to care for her when she gets home to Uvalde.

She said her mother ‘with her left hand, was able to hold my hand.’ She added her mother cannot smile but knows she is there for her. She said doctors do not know what her mother’s prognosis is.

In a series of private messages on Facebook to a 15-year-old that Ramos met online, he stated his intention to shoot his grandmother and then to go on to open fire at Robb Elementary School.

Reyes said that her mother was expected to survive following surgery.

She claims she did not know where Salvador shot her mother but added, me and my sister are going to care for her when she gets home to Uvalde.

She said her mother ‘with her left hand, was able to hold my hand.’ She added her mother cannot smile but knows she is there for her. She said doctors do not know what her mother’s prognosis is.

A former classmate of Ramos’ told the Post that the gunman has posted videos to his Instagram story showing him scream at his mother as she tried to kick him out of the house.

Nadia Reyes, who is not reported to be related, said: ‘He posted videos on his Instagram where the cops were there. He’d be screaming and talking to his mom really aggressively.’

Fatima Abraham, a community leader at Heart Catholic Church in Uvalde, said she had noticed a woman sobbing in the pews on Wednesday.

Reyes revealed who she was and Abraham held her in her arms as she cried and tried to console her.

‘I simply told her that we were with her, that not everyone here was against her,’ she told the Texas Tribune. ‘She has to know that she is not to blame for this. She didn’t put that gun in her son’s hand.’

Abraham added that the church was ‘with her’ ‘because we have to pray instead of criticizing or attacking.’

‘Turning into hate and resentment is not good for humanity,’ she told reporters in Spanish.

Just a few hours after Reyes was consoled by Abraham, the church hosted dozens of mourning Uvalde residents who came to pray after the massacre.

In an interview with The Daily Beast, Ramos’ father, also named Salvador, said that his son was bullied because of the clothes that he wore to school.

The shooter’s father, laid the blame with the shooter’s mother for not buying the teen more school supplies and clothes.

Nadia Reyes said in her Washington Post interview: ‘I don’t think he was necessarily bullied. He would take things too far, say something that shouldn’t be said, and then he would go into defense mode about it.’

DPS Director Steven McCraw told the media in a press conference on May 27 that Ramos had previously asked his sister to purchase a gun for him. She refused.

Ramos’ father said in his Daily Beast interview that he is currently estranged from his daughter. He said: ‘My daughter, I guess, changed her life, she went to the Navy,” he said. “I wish my son would have gone and changed his life.’

He added: ‘I want my son’s story out there. I don’t want them calling him a monster… they don’t know nothing, man. They don’t know anything he was going through.’

Ramos’ grandfather Rolando Reyes told how the family were kept in the dark about the two lethal weapons he bought.

He told ABC News: ‘I didn’t know he had weapons. If I’d have known, I would have reported it.’

Ramos is believed to have gone to live with his grandparents after rowing with his mother about cutting to WiFi at their home.

The shooter’s grandfather also revealed he was quiet and would sometimes go to work with him.

He said: ‘Sometimes I’d take him to work with me. Not all the time, but sometimes. This past year he didn’t go to school. He didn’t graduate. You would try to tell him but kids nowadays they think they know everything.

‘He was very quiet, he didn’t talk very much.’ The teen did not live with his mother because they had ‘problems’, the grandfather added.

Texas cops have revealed that there was no armed guard on campus when the gunman arrived at Robb Elementary School on Tuesday which allowed him to walk ‘unobstructed’ through an unlocked door and into the building where he slaughtered 21 people.

At a press conference on Thursday afternoon, Victor Escalon, the Regional Director for the Department of Public Safety South Texas, said Salvador Ramos walked through an unlocked door ‘unobstructed’ and that there was no guard ‘readily available’.

It contradicts earlier reports that he fired at a school resource officer.

Ramos entered the school at 11.40am, 12 minutes after crashing his truck outside the school and walking towards campus with his AR-15.

That is when police were alerted to the scene.

At 11.44am, the first cops entered the school. Ramos shot at them and they retreated.

It’s unclear if he had already shot the kids and teachers in the fourth grade classroom by then, or if he went on to attack them after those officers retreated.

It then took an hour for specialized SWAT teams to arrive.

At 1.06pm, the incident was declared over after Ramos was shot dead.

In the meantime, 150 cops were gathering outside.

Some of them were filmed pinning parents to the floor and some were even placed in handcuffs, according to witnesses.

Meanwhile, a GoFundMe page for the four orphans of the hero teacher Irma Garcia who sacrificed herself in an effort to save the lives of her young students at Robb Elementary School and her devastated husband who couldn’t go on without her, has touched the world.

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