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‘I got rid of the S.O.B.’: Hear from the man whose actions ended the Austin clock tower shooting rampage

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Austin, TX – There are generations of people living because of Ramiro Martinez.

Martinez is the man who took down the sniper who shot and killed 14 people from the University of Texas-Austin clock tower 56 years ago.

“Ray Martinez was one of the bravest individuals I think I have ever met,” said Adrian Littlefield, who survived the shooting.

On August 1, 1966, Martinez went to UT to help direct traffic away from what had become a tower of terror.

“I was glad that the good Lord protected me and I got rid of the S.O.B.,” said Martinez.

Charles Whitman, a 25-year-old marine sniper dealing with mental health issues, who only hours earlier killed his wife and mother, had taken over the tower. For well over an hour, Whitman picked off students on campus and bystanders on neighboring streets.

Martinez arrived at the scene to focus on traffic, but he quickly took off running to the tower.

“I didn’t stop to think, just needed to get to the tower,” said Martinez. “I needed to get into the tower because I’m sure that there’s an assault squad coming from the police department or somewhere, you know, and they are going in there and I need to get in there and help them.”

“I didn’t stop to think, just needed to get to the tower,” said Martinez. “I needed to get into the tower because I’m sure that there’s an assault squad coming from the police department or somewhere, you know, and they are going in there and I need to get in there and help them.”

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Sourabh Verma,From Franklin Tn - Sub-editor in Asian News International(ANI) I am a detailed-driven journalist with 3+ years of experience in news writing and copy-editing, I can file quick, compelling and error-free stories as they break. I have sound knowledge of national and international issues and have covered stories across beats, including politics, parliament, legal and crime like drugs and Human Trafficking at Asian News International (ANI), where I currently work. Some of these include extensive coverage of the 2019 Lok Sabha polls, several state Assembly elections, Parliament sessions, COVID-19 pandemic and other stories of national importance. A typical working day involves copy-editing dozens of drafts, managing junior sub-editors in shifts and keeping an eye on developing stories. This added responsibility followed a couple of years of filing stories based on press briefings, bytes and inputs from reporters on the ground.
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