Nikolas Cruz Why He Did It – Nikolas Cruz, 23, pleaded guilty on Wednesday to the 2018 massacre at the Parkland, Florida high school, and apologized to the families of the 17 fatalities during a court appearance with which he hopes to avoid the penalty of death if convicted by a jury.
Former student Nikolas Cruz accused of perpetrating a massacre at Parkland High School, Florida, on February 14, 2018, pleaded guilty in court on Wednesday to murdering 17 people that day.
On February 14, 2018, Cruz killed 17 people and wounded as many with an AR-15 semiautomatic rifle at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, from where he had been expelled a year earlier for “disciplinary reasons.”
He was 19 years old when he committed the massacre, one of the worst at a school in the United States since 2012 one at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. On that occasion, 26 people died, including 20 small children.
Cruz, who came to court dressed in a blue collared shirt and black vest, and wearing large glasses and a mask, answered ” guilty ” after Judge Elizabeth Scherer read each of the charges.
“I am very sorry for what I did, I will have to live with it every day,” he said at a hearing in front of numerous relatives of the deceased. “It gives me nightmares and sometimes I can’t live with myself, ” he added with his head down and his voice cracking.
That day 14 students and three members of the school staff were killed in a shooting that lasted for seven minutes. Investigators claim he used an AR-15 semi-automatic rifle.
Why Did Nikolas Cruz Do It?
Nikolas Cruz entered his old high school and massacred 17 people, the troubled teenager began to show warning signs that he was leaning toward violence.
“I’m going to be a professional gunman in schools,” posted a YouTube user under the name “Nikolas Cruz” in September.
The 19-year-old was expelled from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School last year for disciplinary reasons that were not disclosed.
And less than a year ago, the former cadet in the school’s reserve readiness program for the armed forces (ROTC) bought an AR-15 rifle.
As investigators tried to determine the motive for Wednesday’s shooting, students and neighbors described Cruz as a frequently strange and hostile guy who threatened people, talked about killing animals, and posed with weapons in disturbing photos posted on social media.
“I think they all had in mind that if anyone was going to do that, it was going to be him,” said Dakota Mutchler, 17, after Cruz was identified as the shooter in one of the deadliest school shootings in the United States in the United States. more than five years.
Benjamin Bennight, a Mississippi bail bond agent, became so concerned after seeing the “professional gunman in schools” comment on his YouTube channel that he captured the image on his phone and called the FBI. Two officers visited him the next day.
However, the FBI indicated that he never spoke to the Florida teenager.
“No other information was included in the comment indicating a particular time or place, or the true identity of the person who posted the comment,” said Brett Carr, a spokesman for the FBI’s Jackson, Mississippi office. “The FBI conducted reviews of its database and other inspections but could not identify the person who posted the comment.”
Math teacher Jim Gard told The Miami Herald that Cruz could have been seen as a potential threat long before the shooting. Gard said he believes the school sent email warning teachers that Cruz should not be allowed onto campus with a backpack.
“There were problems with him last year because he threatened students, and I suppose he was asked to leave campus,” Gard told the newspaper.
The 17-year-old student Victoria Olvera said that Cruz had been abusive to his ex-girlfriend and that his expulsion was due to a fight he had with her new boyfriend. Cruz had been attending another school in Broward County since he was expelled, school officials said.
The teen was wearing a maroon T-shirt with an ROTC badge and the school’s mascot – an eagle – when he was detained away from the building about an hour after the shooting. Investigators indicated that the assailant fled the school during the chaos by mixing with the students to remain inconspicuous.
Jonathan Guimaraes, 17, told the newspaper that he had been on the program with Cruz.
“He was quiet, kind,” Guimaraes pointed out. “That was how it got mixed up. He was wearing his ROTC uniform. “
Cruz was an orphan. Her mother Lynda Cruz died of pneumonia on November 1 of last year, and her husband died of a heart attack years ago, neighbors, friends, and family told the Sun-Sentinel newspaper.
The couple had adopted Nikolas and his biological brother.
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