A former classmate of the Texas school shooter said Salvador Ramos was bullied at school over his clothing and because his family was poor.
The former classmate, who asked not to be identified, told CNN he and Ramos, 18, were somewhat ‘close’ and used to play Xbox together.
He said Ramos began showing up to class less and less as other kids bullied him about his clothing and his family’s financial situation.
‘He would, like, not go to school…and he just, like, slowly dropped out. He barely came to school,’ the friend said.
After the North Dakota native graduated from high school, the friend said they became even more distant from each other, but would occasionally message each other on Xbox.
Ramos got a job at a local Wendy’s, where colleagues remembered him as quiet and antisocial.
‘He would message me here and there,’ he said.
Four days prior to Tuesday’s shooting, Ramos reportedly sent his friend a picture of the AR and a backpack full of 5.56 rounds.