The ex-girlfriend of Texan shooter Salvador Ramos reportedly told his friend how he would fly into terrifying rages, as a former colleague of his revealed how he harassed her online.
Keanna Baxter, 17, told the San Antonio Express-News that her former friend, who chose to remain anonymous, dated Ramos, 18, and his violent mood swings would leave her terrified.
“He went out with my ex-boyfriend. And then they broke up,” Baxter said. “And then he tried to date me after that, but I told him no. Because he’s always had this kind of weird feeling about him.
Crystal Foutz, (pictured) a former Whataburger colleague and classmate of Ramos at Uvalde High School, also said he was aggressive towards women online
Keanna Baxter, 17 (pictured), said her former friend had dated Ramos and his violent mood swings would leave her terrified
Former classmates have shed light on the violent past of 18-year-old Salvador Ramos (pictured), particularly towards women
She said she was avoiding Ramos because his friend warned him about his temper.
“She told me he was scary,” Baxter said. ‘Like he’s getting 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.
On Tuesday, Ramos slaughtered at least 19 innocent children in the second deadliest school shooting in American history in Uvalde, Texas, before being shot dead in a shootout with a Border Patrol agent.
Police say Ramos said he bought two AR-15 assault rifles for his 18th birthday days before the shooting, bragged about it on social media and suggested he would commit an atrocity before the deadly attack .
Crystal Foutz, a former colleague of Whataburger and classmate of Ramos at Uvalde High School, also said he was aggressive towards women online.
She told the Express-News that he made violent threats against her via Instagram comments after an online spat with her ex-boyfriend.
“It was just harassment. And I never liked to provoke him or anything like that,” Foutz said. “He was aggressive for no reason. … I just blocked him.
Ramos’ harassment of women online was apparently a trend.
“She told me he was scary,” Baxter said. ‘Like he’s getting super violent. And when he lost his temper, she would literally be scared for her life’
Ramos killed 19 children and two adults at an elementary school in Robb on Tuesday
His social media was full of new guns, which he bought on his 18th birthday
Mourners place flowers on crosses with the names of children killed at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas on Thursday
Children run to safety after escaping from a window during Tuesday’s mass shooting at Robb Elementary School where a Ramos killed nineteen children and two teachers
“Another friend of mine, when she was working with (Ramos), there was a girlfriend-boyfriend incident — (Ramos) tried to fight the girlfriend,” Foutz said. “And it was really for nothing. Just because he was aggressive like that.
“He was just very arrogant,” Foutz recalled. “If you asked for something or if he tried to harass 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. ‘
Baxter and Fouz both called Ramos a ‘loner’ with no ‘friends’, mirroring what his mother’s boyfriend Manuel Alvarez told DailyMail.com.
“People who tried to give him a chance to be friends with him, 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 added. “To be honest, no one has ever spoken to him. Just because people were really scared of him.
Baxter said Ramos was so violent on the surface that many people thought he would carry out a mass shooting at their 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 to children. It should have been us. There was no reason to go and hurt those children.
‘None of us are like that. None of us have that kind of hatred in our hearts for doing something like this or knowing how it could have happened.
But by all accounts, Ramos had been a relatively normal kid until eighth grade, with his “best friend” of that time, Stephen Garcia, calling him “the nicest boy” and “the shyest” who ” just needed to come out of his shell.’
Apparently, Ramos was bullied for a stutter and a lisp. Classmates also reportedly called him gay slurs. At one point, he uploaded a photo of himself wearing eyeliner.
“He would be bullied hard, like bullied by a lot of people,” Garcia told the Post, “On social media, on games, on everything.”
When Garcia had to walk away, Ramos started changing, dressing in all black and donning tall military boots.
In his early childhood, friends claim he was nicknamed “pelon”, meaning bald in Spanish, for his incredibly short hair. But in an apparent attempt to put those days behind him, he began to grow it.
He was later called “emo” or “alternative” at school, where he fought several times before increasingly skipping school.
During the last months of his life, Ramos worked at Wendy’s and barely attended school. He wasn’t ready to graduate this year, a fact he seemed to despise.
As he transformed into a ‘different person’ in his late teens, a local claimed he would walk around at night with a friend shooting a BB gun at random passers-by. He is also said to have pushed people’s cars.
He reportedly struggled to maintain friendships, often “going overboard” with “weird” comments.
A friend, who wanted to join the Marines, said he cut Ramos off after the killer told him he only wanted to join the force “so he could kill people”.
Ramos’ co-worker Wendy’s told The Daily Beast he has an “aggressive streak” and would send inappropriate messages to female employees. They also called him “quiet” and “anti-social”.
One said: “He was very rude to the girls at times, and one of the cooks would threaten them, asking, ‘Do you know who I am?
And he was also sending inappropriate messages to the ladies.
The same source claimed that there were several videos of Ramos fighting people with boxing gloves in a local park.
“He took them with him,” they claimed.
Ramos’ social media was full of pictures of his new guns, which he bought on his 18th birthday, state senator Roland Gutierrez said.
Ramos also messaged a Los Angeles-based woman on May 12 on Instagram, tagging her in a photo of the guns.
“You gonna repost my gun pics,” @sal8dor_ emailed him directly.
What do your guns have to do with me, ‘ [sic] she replied on Friday.
“I just wanted to tag you,” he replied.
Then at 5:43 a.m. Tuesday, @salv8dor_ messaged him and said, “I’m about to do it.”
The girl asked “to what?” to which he replied, “I’ll tell you before 11 o’clock”.
He said he would text her in an hour and urged her to respond.
“I have a little secret I want to tell you,” he messaged with a smiling emoji covering his mouth.
“Be grateful for tagging you,” he wrote.
She replied, “No, that’s just scary,” adding, “I barely know you and you’re tagging me in a picture with guns?”
His last message at 9:16 a.m. Tuesday was “Ima air out.”
Filming began around 11:32 a.m. The woman reacted in horror when she learned what he had done.
“He was just very arrogant,” Foutz said. “If you asked for something or if he tried to harass 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”
“He’s a stranger, I don’t know anything about him, he decided to tag me in his gun post,” she wrote.
“I’m so sorry for the victims and their families that I really don’t know what to say.”
She then added, “The only reason I wrote back to him was because I was scared of him. I wish I had stayed awake to at least try to convince him not to commit his crime. I did not know.
When an Instagram user asked her if she was his girlfriend, she replied, “I don’t know him and I don’t even live in Texas.”