Mass murderer Salvador Ramos bragged about buying a gun and said some people ‘deserved to be raped’ on teen app Yubo, where users dubbed him a ‘gun shooter’ school” – even before Tuesday’s massacre in Uvalde, Texas.
It was unclear how long before Ramos massacred 21 people, including 19 children inside Robb Elementary School, he was given the chilling nickname, Sky News reported.
“He was given the nickname ‘Yubo’s school shooter,'” said an unidentified 17-year-old girl who uses the platform.
“People were joining in… saying, ‘Oh, hey, look, that’s Yubo’s school shooter,'” the 17-year-old said, adding, “He never tried to shut down that nickname , he almost seemed proud of himself, you know.”
Ramos also bragged about buying a gun and, in an audio chat room, said people “deserved to be raped”, according to the report.
Yubo is a French social networking application with tens of millions of users.
The 17-year-old, who met Ramos on the app, also told Sky News that Ramos would “threaten rape, kidnapping and murder” in chat rooms. When he privately messaged her and other girls, she said he would threaten them if they didn’t respond.
Ramos texted her on Valentine’s Day that he would adore her, but later told her to “jump off a bridge” when she didn’t call him back, according to Sky News.
He was no better in real life, two of Ramos’ classmates told the San Antonio Express News.
Keanna Baxter has spurned a come-on from the “weird” Ramos after watching a friend who was dating him become freaked out by their unstable high school classmate Uvalde.
“He went out with my ex-boyfriend. And then they broke up,” Baxter, 17, told the newspaper. “And then he tried to date me after that, but I told him no. Because he always had this kind of weird feeling about him.
Ramos was unpredictable and violent when dating his friend, Baxter said.
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“She told me he was scary,” Baxter said. “Like he got super violent. And when he lost his temper, she would literally be scared for her life, basically.
“He would send her these really nasty messages, where he would go from super sweet yelling at her to super sweet.”
“He was overall just aggressive, like violent,” Baxter added. “He would try to fight women. He would try to fight anyone who told him no – if he didn’t get what he wanted, he would go crazy. He was particularly violent towards women.
One of those women was 17-year-old Crystal Foutz, also a student at Uvalde High School. Ramos threatened to hurt her in comments on Instagram, after he argued on social media with his ex-boyfriend.
“It was just harassment. And I never liked to provoke him or anything like that,” Foutz said on Friday. “He was aggressive for no reason. …I just blocked it.
Foutz also heard of Ramos stalking his former girlfriend after their breakup.
“Another friend of mine, when she was working with (Ramos), there was a girlfriend-boyfriend incident – (Ramos) tried to fight the girlfriend,” Foutz told the Express News . “And it was really for nothing. Just because he was aggressive like that.
It’s not the first time his contemporaries have described Ramos’ unstable behavior.
Santos Valdez Jr., 18, said they were close until the future shooter went off the rails. Ramos showed up one day at a park where they were playing basketball with cuts all over his face. He first told Valdez he was scratched by his cat, then revealed the truth – he cut himself “just for fun”.
There is a video circulating of Ramos holding a dead cat in the passenger seat of a car, Baxter said. Foutz said he saw TikTok videos Ramos posted of himself punching walls while wearing boxing gloves and stating he could fight anyone.
“He was just very arrogant,” Foutz recalled. “If you asked for something or if he tried to pick on you or if he tried to tell you something and you didn’t give him a reaction, it would make him angry… (He was) very pushy , very aggressive. ”
Rumors circulating among high school students say that Ramos was angry that he couldn’t graduate. Reports say he dropped out of high school, but Baxter saw him in school last month. Foutz remembers seeing him on campus last fall.
“To be honest, I didn’t think twice about this kid,” Baxter said. “I barely knew this kid for a year. He kind of came out of nowhere.
Both girls called Ramos a ‘loner’ with no ‘friends’.
“People who tried to give him a chance to be friends, he scared them away,” Foutz said. “He was a bully, really. If you didn’t give him what he wanted, he was a bully to you.
“He had no friends,” Baxter said. “To be honest, no one has ever spoken to him. Just because people were really scared of him.
Indeed, some students thought that if there was a target for this type of drama, it would be high school.
“We all thought maybe they were going to do it in high school — because we’ve had threats before,” she said. “But not for the kids. It should have been us. There was no reason to go and hurt those kids.
“None of us are like that. None of us have that kind of hatred in our hearts for doing something like that or knowing how it could have happened.