- The mother of the Robb Elementary School gunman begged for forgiveness in an interview on Friday.
- Speaking with CNN affiliate Televisa, Adriana Martinez said her son “had his reasons” for killing 21 people.
- “Please don’t judge him. I only want the innocent children who died to forgive me,” Martinez said.
Adriana Martinez, the mother of the gunman who killed 21 people during a shooting at Robb Elementary School on Tuesday, begged for forgiveness for herself and her son in a Friday interview with CNN affiliate Televisa.
“I have no words. I have no words to say. I don’t know what he was thinking,” Martinez, speaking from inside her car, told an interviewer with Televisa. Her comments, originally in Spanish, were translated by CNN: “He had his reasons for doing what he did. And please don’t judge him. I only want the innocent children who died to forgive me.”
The 18-year-old gunman shot his grandmother in the face before driving to Robb Elementary School, barricading himself in a classroom and opening fire. He killed 19 students and two teachers in the deadliest US school shooting in a decade, prior to being killed by police.
When asked what reasons the shooter could have had to commit the killings, Martinez repeated she had “no words” and that he may have gone to the elementary school “to get closer to those children instead of paying attention to the other bad things.”
“Forgive me,” CNN reported Martinez said. “Forgive my son.”