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Social media posts that allegedly appeared on the Yubo platform following a mass shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, show that the alleged killer threatened other users and was casually called “the Yubo school shooter.” before the shooting.
Salvador Ramos, 18, harassed people online on social media and made other threats before Tuesday’s tragic shooting that left 19 children and two teachers dead, Sky News reported.
“People were linking lives together and saying, ‘Oh look, it’s the Yubo school shooter,'” an unidentified 17-year-old on the platform told Sky News. Yubo is a social video live streaming app.
Following Tuesday’s mass shooting, social media users have come forward to share messages that Ramos reportedly posted from his verified account on the Yubo messaging app. Several of the messages show that he made regular comments about rape.
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The 17-year-old also said that Ramos “would just harass people … and threaten to rape, kidnap and murder,” according to the report.
Ramos may also have taken pride in the “school shooter” moniker, since he didn’t correct people for using it, the user said.
“He never tried to shut down that nickname, he seemed almost proud of it, you know,” he added, according to the report.
The unidentified minor also suggested that the text messages and subsequent interactions on the platform were red flags that could have prevented Tuesday’s shooting.
“I’m not going to lie, he was bullied on the app. It’s almost a high school community. There are losers, there are popular people there. It’s weird to explain. Like when he would join lives, most people would say ‘Yubo’s.’ the school’ [because] was known to be weird,” he said, according to Sky News.
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She added: “[The attack] honestly not surprising. It is a sad fact that it could have been stopped. I really could have.”
The messages also show Ramos bragging about buying a gun and saying in a chat room that certain people deserve “to be raped.”
Ramos also sent the 17-year-old a private message, saying “I would adore you” before telling her to “jump off a bridge” after she didn’t reply, he told Sky News. Ramos then allegedly followed up on her actions by finding the girl’s real name and her personal cell phone, to which he sent harassing messages, text messages show.
“Are you going to ask how I got your number?” one message read, according to the report.
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Answer me,” he added. And, “You’re going to regret not doing what I tell you.”
A Yubo spokesperson told Sky News that they are complying with an ongoing investigation.
“We are deeply saddened by this unspeakable loss and are fully cooperating with law enforcement in their investigation,” he said.
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“At this stage, we are unable to legally release any user-specific information outside of direct law enforcement requests, but we can confirm that we are investigating an account that has since been banned from the platform,” the spokesperson added.
Ramos was killed Tuesday during a standoff with law enforcement agencies that included an elite Customs and Border Protection unit after he killed 21 people.