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Who is Nikolas Cruz?

Nikolas Cruz is a parkland school shooter who opened fire on students and staff at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, Parkland, and took 17 innocent life and injured 17 others.

Parkland School Shooting Case

On February 14, 2018, Nikolas Cruz, 19, opened fire on students and staff at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, killing 17 people and injuring 17 others. Cruz fled the scene on foot by blending in with other students and was arrested without incident about an hour later in nearby Coral Springs and charged with 17 counts of premeditated murder and 17 counts of attempted murder. Police and prosecutors investigated “a pattern of disciplinary issues and unnerving behavior.”

The killing spree is the deadliest high school shooting in United States history, surpassing the Columbine High School massacre that killed 13 plus the perpetrators in Colorado in April 1999. The shooting came at a period of heightened public support for gun control that followed mass shootings in Paradise, Nevada, and Sutherland Springs, Texas, in October and November 2017.

Students at Parkland founded Never Again MSD, an advocacy group that lobbies for gun control. On March 9, Governor Rick Scott signed a bill that implemented new restrictions to Florida’s gun laws and also allowed for the arming of teachers who were properly trained and the hiring of school resource officers.

The Broward County Sheriff’s Office received widespread criticism for its handling of the police response, both for not following up multiple warnings about Cruz despite a lengthy record of threatening behavior and for staying outside the school instead of immediately confronting him. 

This led to the resignations of several police officers who responded to the scene, and the removal of Sheriff Scott Israel. A commission appointed by then-Governor Scott to investigate the shooting condemned the police inaction and urged school districts across the state to adopt greater measures of security.

Nikolas Cruz pleads guilty to the massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School

Nikolas Cruz pleads guilty to the massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School
Nikolas Cruz pleads guilty to the massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School

Nikolas Cruz pleaded guilty Wednesday to killing 17 people — 14 students and three staff members — at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., avoiding a trial but setting up a fight over his punishment for the 2018 attack.

Cruz’s defense team is hoping to avoid the death sentence that prosecutors are seeking.

Cruz, 23, faced 17 charges of first-degree murder and an additional 17 charges of attempted murder. He had initially pleaded not guilty to all of the crimes, but his attorneys recently said they would not contest his guilt. Instead, the group of public defenders who represent Cruz have asked the court to sentence him to 17 life sentences.

In court Wednesday, Broward Circuit Judge Elizabeth Scherer read each murder victim’s name aloud in court before asking Cruz how he wished to plead.

“Guilty,” Cruz replied 17 times.

The long-running case will next head to the sentencing phase of the trial, which will be presented before a jury. In that part of the proceedings, jurors will hear witness testimony and review evidence.

Jury selection for the sentencing phase will begin on Jan. 4 of 2022.

Nikolas Cruz Biography, Wiki

Nikolas Jacob Cruz was born on September 24, 1998, in Margate, Florida. He and his half brother were adopted by Lynda and Rodger Cruz. By the time he was 3, he was diagnosed with developmental delays. By the time he was 6, he suffered the trauma of witnessing his father’s death. Lynda was left to raise the 2 boys all by herself.

Nikolas wasn’t an easy child. He had been diagnosed with a string of disorders and conditions: depression, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, emotional behavioral disability and autism, records from the state Department of Children and Families show. His mom told sheriff’s deputies he also had obsessive-compulsive disorder and anger issues.

He had counselors in school and at home, according to DCF records, and he took medications.

Nikolas’s mother doted on him, and he was still learning to do household chores and laundry in his late teen years. Nikolas had trouble making friends among peers, school records say. When Zachary wanted to play with friends, their mother would make him take Nikolas along, the former neighbor and friend said. His brother and friends would often bully him.

His mother called the police to say he got physical with his brother and with her. The agency responded to 23 calls over 10 years, the Broward Sheriff’s Office said. When he was 14, his mother reported that he had hit her with the plastic hose from a vacuum cleaner. A few months later, she told deputies he had thrown her against the wall because she took away his Xbox gaming system. A year later, she told deputies Nikolas, then 15, had punched the wall after she took away his Xbox.

Cruz was once expelled from his high school for bringing bullets in his backpack, and his pupils reported that Cruz liked to talk about guns, bullets, and poaching. He was also reported that he would make threats towards other students.

After his mother’s death in November 2017, Cruz and his brother were taken in by Rocxanne Deschamps, a family friend. Cruz stayed there for a little less than a month, during which time Deschamps called 911 on him a number of times. She was afraid that Cruz might harm either himself or her family with his gun. According to Deschamps’s statement, she called 911 for the third time when Cruz was punching holes in the wall and attacked her son.

By the time the police arrived, Cruz had left the house, and Deschamps was afraid he had gone to get his gun. When he returned, Deschamps served Cruz an ultimatum: he could either stay at her house and give up his gun or leave. Cruz chose to leave. He lived with a friend for a brief period of time before moving into James Snead’s house.

Nikolas Cruz Biography
Nikolas Cruz
Full Name:Nikolas Jacob Cruz
Florida Parkland Shooter
Origin:Margate, Florida
Occupation:Former Student (expelled)
Former JROTC member
Skills:Range Shooting
Evading the Authorities (initially)
Goals:Kill the entire Stoneman Douglas High School as revenge for expelling him (somewhat successful)
Crimes:Mass murder
Cruelty to animals
Type of Villain:Mentally Ill School Shooter

Nikolas Cruz School Life

Nikolas Cruz was a student at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. He frequently faced disciplinary actions for violence. His former math teacher Jim Gard said: “Last year that he wasn’t allowed on campus with a backpack on him. There were problems with him last year threatening students, and I guess he was asked to leave campus.”

Gard said he believes the school administration earlier sent out e-mail warning teachers that the student had made threats against others in the past and that he should not be allowed on the school campus with a backpack.

A student, who was not identified, said he knows the shooter. “He’s been a troubled kid,” said the student, “and he’s always had a certain amount of issues going on. He shot guns because he felt it gave him, I guess, an exhilarating feeling.”Multiple students described him as creepy, weird and someone who did not fit in with the other students.

“I knew him to be passive-aggressive but not violent. He was rude to people. He had an act up like he was tough. He never got into, like, physical fights with anyone, but he did get into verbal arguments,” 17-year-old Ocean Parodie told The Daily Beast. “I just thought he dropped out of school, I didn’t think he would do anything. He always kept a low profile.” “He was definitely not accepted at our school socially. People saw him as someone who was different than the normal people at our school,” Parodie added.

Douglas High has a place students call “the Emo Gazebo,” he said. “That’s where all the kids that are considered weird or not accepted sat. Kids at the Emo Gazebo didn’t even accept him there. He was just an outcast…He didn’t have any friends.” Cruz always had his hair short and had a penchant for wearing patriotic shirts that “seemed really extreme, like hating on” Islam, Parodie said. The suspected gunman would also deride Muslims as “terrorists and bombers.” “I’ve seen him wear a Trump hat,” the student said. 

“Most kids ignored him at school. They pushed him off to the side as if he was garbage. He screamed in class one time. He was upset and just started yelling at the teacher. The teacher was trying to help him and he just took it the wrong way,” Parodie continued. Parodie’s 15-year-old sister, Milan, had a similar impression of Cruz. [1]“I could tell he tried to be social at times but there was something off about him,” she said. “I never really saw him with many people. Girls thought he was creepy and weird. He was pretty pale with red hair. I didn’t talk to him that much, but from what I could tell he wasn’t a nice kid. He wore a lot of blacks and was always alone. 

Still, Milan Parodie described Cruz as “always enthusiastic… He never seemed depressed or sad. He was always a little crazy is the best way to put it… He was peppy but not in a good way, in a crazy way. He tried to look creepy or weird, I think. He tried to talk to one of my girlfriends and he said she was cute, but she was weirded out and he was bothering her.”

Nikolas Cruz Personal Life

His adoptive mother, Lynda Cruz, died in November 2017 from pneumonia. He is the half-brother of Zachary Cruz.

Nikolas Cruz FAQ’s

Who is Nikolas Cruz?

Nikolas Cruz is a parkland school shooter who opened fire on students and staff at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, Parkland and took 17 innocent lives and injured 17 others.

How old is Nikolas Cruz?

Currently, Nikolas Cruz is 23 years old.

Who is Nikolas Cruz’s mother?

His adoptive mother, Lynda Cruz, died in November 2017 from pneumonia. He is the half-brother of Zachary Cruz.

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