On Wednesday, the mother of an 18-year-old who shot dead 19 children and two teachers at Uvalde Primary School last year was arrested.
Adriana Martínez Reyes, 40, a resident of Oklahoma City, was placed in the Oklahoma County Detention Center on charges of assault and battery, as well as threatening to commit an act of violence, according to prison records.
According to Uvalde Leader-Newswho first reported the arrest, officers were sent to Reyes’ home just before 10:00 a.m. Wednesday for calls that she had threatened to kill a man.
When the officers arrived, the man told them that he was afraid of Reyes and afraid that she would kill him in his sleep. Leader-News reported.
Reyes yelled at the man in front of officers but denied any threats. The police proceeded with the arrest after a witness confirmed the man’s version. Leader-News said.
Police said they were called home earlier Sunday over reports of domestic violence, where a man and a witness told officers they planned to get a protection order against Reyes. Leader News.
Reyes remained in custody Friday, with bail set at $1,000.
In her first interview since the massacre, the deadliest school shooting in Texas history, Reyes told reporters that her son “had his reasons.”
When some relatives of the victims confronted Reyes in Uvalda, she again stated that her son had mental health issues, adding through her tears, “I know my son was a coward. You don’t think I don’t know? I know. You think I don’t carry it all with me? … I know and I’m sorry.
According to an interim report released by a House committee in July, the shooter’s disturbing history, which included killing cats, engaging in mass murder and intimidating women with threats of graphic violence, was ignored in the years leading up to the shooting.
At school and on online gaming platforms, his nickname was “school shooter”.
The report states that his ex-girlfriend believed he was sexually abused by one of Reyes’ boyfriends, but when he mentioned it, Reyes didn’t believe him. The report added that Reyes had a strained relationship with her children and struggled with drug use.
According to the report, no information was given to law enforcement about his online behavior, threats, or violent rhetoric.