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Family of Uvalde school shooter Salvador Ramos have criminal records

UVALDE, Tx. — Both parents and the grandma of the Texas school shooter Salvador Ramos had criminal records, including aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and trying to pass off a fake check, The Post has learned.

Ramos, 18, slaughtered 19 elementary school students and two teachers when he burst into Robb Elementary School in Uvalde on May 24 in America’s deadliest school shooting since 2012.

His parents, Adriana Martinez and Salvador Ramos Sr., had their own brushes with the law more than a decade ago, according to Uvalde County Court records obtained by The Post.

His grandma Celia “Sally” Martinez Gonzales — who he shot in the face before carrying out the school shooting — was slapped with a misdemeanor in 1993, county records say.

Martinez was charged with writing a bad check for $22.62 to a general store in Uvalde on June 30, 2003, just around the time Ramos was born.

Records show she was struggling financially at the time, only taking in $500 a month from her job at Golden Dragon restaurant in Uvalde. She was also receiving $223 in public assistance and $269 in food stamps. 

Ramos shot and killed 19 children and two teachers in Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas on May 24, 2022.
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Ramos' mother Adriana Martinez pleaded guilty to writing a bad check to a Uvalde store in 2003.
Ramos’ mother Adriana Martinez pleaded guilty to writing a bad check to a Uvalde store in 2003.
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Martinez was living in an apartment that housed six people when she committed fraud, records show. She reported being single on the government documents, implying she likely had broken up with Ramos Sr. by then.

Martinez pleaded guilty to the charge on Sept. 27, 2005 and had to pay a fine of $250, court costs of $218, and was sentenced to 180 days in jail. However, since she pleaded guilty she was instead placed on probation with a required 25 hours of community service.

Two years later, an assault charge was filed against her, alleging Martinez caused bodily harm to a family member.

Salvador Ramos Sr. pleaded no contest to resisting arrest in 2000 and to  assault with a deadly weapon for a 2011 incident.
Salvador Ramos Sr. pleaded no contest to resisting arrest in 2000 and to assault with a deadly weapon for a 2011 incident.
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The charge seemed to be dismissed on Sept. 26, 2007, and records show Martinez had to enroll in Anger Management Counseling. She also had to pay $1,928 to the County Attorney’s Office and other court fees.

Salvador Ramos Sr. had a brief run in with the law in 2000, when he was charged with resisting arrest. Ramos Sr. apparently struggled with officer Daniel Rodriguez and made a run for it. It’s unclear from court records how the struggle began. He pleaded no contest, was sentenced to 180 days in county jail and had to apologize in writing to Uvalde PD.

Eleven years later, Ramos Sr. was slapped with a felony charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon for an April 9, 2011 incident.

According to the July 2, 2012 indictment, Ramos Sr. struck a man named Enrique Jesus Perez with a beer bottle. Ramos was ordered to stay away from the victim and had to submit to drug and alcohol testing.

He pleaded no contest to the charge, which was subsequently dropped to a class A misdemeanor. He was sentenced to 30 days in jail, but the judge agreed that Ramos could do his time on weekends. He also had to undergo a substance abuse treatment program.

Gonzales, the grandma, was charged with an unspecified misdemeanor after a June 9, 1993 arrest. She was convicted and sentenced to a maximum of two years of probation, and had to pay a court fine of $500 and court fees of $157. It’s unclear from court records what Gonzales did.

Ramos' grandmother Celia “Sally” Martinez Gonzales has a misdemeanor on her record from 1993.
Ramos’ grandmother Celia “Sally” Martinez Gonzales has a misdemeanor on her record from 1993.
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Ramos shot his grandmother in the face before going to the elementary school.
Ramos shot his grandmother in the face before going to the elementary school.
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The Post was unable to reach the two parents and their family members on Tuesday.

Gonzales may never be able to talk again after being shot in the face by her grandson, a relative told The Post on Sunday, saying the bullet went into her jaw, and shattered all her teeth. Her husband previously said she was awake but in pain.

Both Ramos Sr. and Martinez have apologized for their son’s actions. The father said in an interview that Ramos Jr. should have just killed him instead.

“I have no words to say, I don’t know what he was thinking,” Martinez told the Spanish-language station Televisa. “I only want the innocent children who died to forgive me,” she said. “Forgive me, forgive my son. I know he had his reasons.” 

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