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Texas school shooter was bullied because of the clothes he wore and because his family was poor

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A former classmate of the Texas school shooter said Salvador Ramos was bullied at school because of his clothes and because his family was poor.

The former classmate, who asked not to be identified, said: CNN he and Ramos, 18, were somewhat “close” playing Xbox together.

He said Ramos was coming to class less and less because other kids were bullying him about his clothes and his family’s financial situation.

“He wouldn’t like to go to school… and he just slowly stopped going. He barely came to school,’ said the friend.

After the North Dakota native graduated from high school, the friend said they grew even further apart, but occasionally messaged each other on Xbox.

Ramos got a job at a local Wendy’s, where colleagues remembered him as quiet and antisocial.

“He would send me messages here and there,” he said.

Four days before Tuesday’s shooting, Ramos reportedly sent his friend a photo of the AR and a backpack full of 5.56 bullets.

Salvador Ramos, 18, was reportedly bullied at school for his clothes and because his family was poor, a “close” friend said.

Four days before the shooting, Ramos reportedly sent his friend photos of his weapons and ammunition.  When asked why he had it, Ramos reportedly replied: 'Don't worry'

Four days before the shooting, Ramos reportedly sent his friend photos of his weapons and ammunition.  When asked why he had it, Ramos reportedly replied: 'Don't worry'

Four days before the shooting, Ramos reportedly sent his friend photos of his weapons and ammunition. When asked why he had it, Ramos reportedly replied: ‘Don’t worry’

†[He had] probably like seven [magazines],’ he said. “I was like, ‘Bro, why are you having this?’ and he said, “Don’t worry.”‘

The school shooter – who hails from North Dakota and had recently moved to Texas – reportedly bought two rifles on his 18th birthday, which was days ago, the Daily Beast reported.

Under a new Texas law passed in September, 18-21-year-olds could buy guns if they had a protective warrant because they were at risk of domestic violence, stalking, prostitution or sex trafficking.

The law also abolished the requirement for a gun license. Guns were already allowed in Texas without licenses.

Ramos also told his friend that he “looked very different now.”

“You wouldn’t recognize me,” he texted less than a week ago.

Ramos’ social media was full of photos of his new weapons, which he bought on his 18th birthday, Senator Roland Gutierrez said.

Ramos also messaged a Los Angeles woman on Instagram on May 12, tagging her in a photo of the guns.

“You’re going to repost my gun photos,” @sal8dor_ sent her a direct message.

His social media was full of new guns, which he bought on his 18th birthday

His social media was full of new guns, which he bought on his 18th birthday

His social media was full of new guns, which he bought on his 18th birthday

He killed 19 children and two adults at a Robb Elementary School on Tuesday

He killed 19 children and two adults at a Robb Elementary School on Tuesday

He killed 19 children and two adults at a Robb Elementary School on Tuesday

“What your guns have to do with me,” she replied Friday.

“I just wanted to tag you,” he said back.

Then on Tuesday at 5:43 am, @salv8dor_ messaged her saying ‘I’m about to’.

The girl asked ‘about 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 smiley emoji covering his mouth.

“Be thankful I tagged you,” he wrote.

She replied, “No, it’s just scary,” adding, “I barely know you and you tag me in a photo with some guns?”

His last message on Tuesday at 9.16 am was ‘Ima air out’.

The shooting started around 11:32 a.m.

The woman was horrified when she heard what he had done.

“He’s a stranger, I don’t know anything about him, he decided to tag me in his gun post,” she wrote.

“I’m sorry to the victims and their families that I really don’t know what to say.”

Then she added: “The only reason I reacted to him was because I was afraid of him. I wish I stayed awake to at least convince him not to commit his crime. I did not know.’

When an Instagram user asked if she was his girlfriend, she replied, “I don’t know him and I don’t even live in Texas.”

He largely quit and took the job at Wendy’s, where colleagues remember him as quiet.

Adrian Mendes, evening manager at Wendy’s, said Ramos “mainly kept to himself.”

“He felt like the quiet type, the one who doesn’t say much. He didn’t really interact with the other employees,” Mendes told CNN.

“He just worked, got paid, and came in to get his check.”

Mendes said he didn’t know Ramos well — he was already employed when Mendes started in February — and didn’t see him most of the time because they had different shifts.

Ramos worked five days a week from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. or 5 p.m.

Ramos was shot and killed by law enforcement officers at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, after killing 21 people.