The 18-year-old who shot his grandmother before killing 21 people – including 19 children – at a Texas elementary school reportedly did not leave a manifesto or note explaining his actions.
Those who knew him say he was bullied and didn’t have many friends.
But the messages salvador ramos sent to strangers online began to surface.
In these, he tells a person to kill himself, brags about buying a gun, and in an online audio chat room he comments that people deserve “to be raped”.
Ramos had a number of social media accounts and used the same photos and usernames there.
He was particularly active on an app called Yubo. It allows users to make new friends with people based on their location.
Screenshots show that his account has been verified with a yellow check mark. This means he presented proof of his identity, including government-issued ID and confirmation that he matches his photos.
He used at least two usernames on his accounts. He first used his real name, but later changed it to “TheBiggestOpp”, a username that also appears on his Instagram and TikTok accounts.
Ramos wanted people to follow him on his various social accounts. This screenshot of his Yubo profile promotes his Instagram username.
Selfies and abusive behavior
Ramos has uploaded a number of selfies, including one posing in front of what appears to be a broken mirror while lifting his t-shirt.
He used these apps to message people he didn’t know in real life.
A 15-year-old girl in Germany told CNN she met Ramos through Yubo. From there, they started calling each other via text and video.
Ten minutes before police were first called to the scene of the shooting, Ramos texted the girl to say he had shot her grandmother and was “going to shoot a primary school”.
CNN has reviewed the texts, but Sky News is unable to independently verify them.
Ramos also messaged someone on Yubo with proof that he had purchased a gun.
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He sent aggressive messages on the app. He told a girl on Valentine’s Day that he would love her before saying she should jump off a bridge.
This behavior is recorded again when in an online audio chat room on Yubo.
He told the group, “I guess everyone [inaudible] deserves to be raped.”
The other people in the chat react in shock and berate him for his comments.
Sky News understands that at least one user who was contacted by him reported Ramos’ account, banned him from his live chats and contacted the company directly to “help him with his harassment”.
Yubo users have alleged that Ramos abused animals and streamed it live on the platform, although no screenshots or recordings of this have surfaced.
Sky News has asked Yubo to respond to the screenshots in this article, the claim that his account was reported to them and the allegations of animal abuse.
A Yubo spokesperson told Sky News: “We are deeply saddened by this indescribable loss and are cooperating fully with law enforcement in their investigation.
“At this point, we are not legally able to release specific user information outside of direct requests from law enforcement, but we can confirm that we are investigating an account that has since been banned from the platform. -form.”
“Repost my gun pictures”
Yubo wasn’t the only social media platform he used to contact strangers.
Salvador Ramos posted a photo of two guns on his Instagram account before the attack.
He included the handle of another Instagram user, epnupues, in the image.
These images and the Instagram profile have been widely shared.
Epnupues released a statement saying they don’t know Ramos.
The user wrote, “He’s a stranger. I don’t know anything about him. He decided to tag me on his weapon post.
“I’m so sorry for the victims and their families. I really don’t know what to say.”
The account also shared a number of screenshots of messages with Ramos.
On May 12, he asked her to “repost my gun pictures” on his profile, to which the epnupes replied, “What does your guns have to do with me” and “I’m so confused”.
Epnupues also shared what appeared to be the last message she received from Ramos.
The message was sent at 9:16 a.m. It doesn’t have a timestamp, which means the screenshot was taken the same day the message was received. This means that he was probably sent the morning of the attack, but it is not possible to know for sure.
His last message was “Ima air out”, a reference to shooting someone.
In addition to sharing Ramos’ posts, epnupues shared the accusations against them – one person accusing the user of being Ramos’ girlfriend.
“I don’t know him and I don’t even live in Texas,” epnupues replied.
His profile was taken down by Instagram, which is working with US law enforcement on the matter.
“Violent Fantasies of Revenge”
Daniel Allington, a lecturer at King’s College London who specializes in social media in relation to hate and violence, reviewed Ramos’ posts.
He told Sky News: “We have a socially isolated young man who seems to have violent revenge fantasies who starts by shooting an older female relative during an argument and then kills as many people as he can.
“Obviously there will be many socially isolated young men posting threatening and aggressive messages on social media, behaving aggressively towards family members or a local community and very few of them will continue to do something like this..
“So it’s hard to say the warnings were missed.”
He also said Ramos’ social media showed a sense of entitlement and attention-seeking.
Referring to Ramos’ conversations with epnupues on Instagram, Dr Allington said: “If you look at his interactions with people on social media, you can see there is a clear element of aggression, particularly towards the woman he was talking to.
“He thinks he’s entitled to her attention, even though she doesn’t really know him. He uses the threat that he’s about to do something, though he hasn’t said what, as a way to attract attention.”
Dr Allington said there was currently no reason to identify Ramos with the incel movement, especially since the first person he shot was elderly and most of the others were children. Incels typically direct their anger at women of childbearing age and men whom they consider to be more sexually successful than themselves, he explained.
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