WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- Nikolas Cruz was charged with 17 counts of premeditated murder after killing 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High school on Feb. 14, 2018.
- His younger brother, Zachary Cruz, told investigators that he regretted bullying his older brother when they were younger, sheriff’s report says.
- Eighteen-year-old Zachary said he felt guilty about the massacre two days after it happened and realized he possibly could have prevented it, the report said.
Zachary Cruz told the investigators from Palm Beach and Broward counties that he and his friends used to bully Nikolas, something the younger Cruz “now regrets ever doing.”
According to the report, Zachary wishes that he had been nicer to Nikolas but because he thought his sibling has been the “favored brother,” there may have been some resentment.
Nikolas fired a semiautomatic rifle in killing 14 students and three teachers on Valentine’s Day at Stoneman Douglas. The massacre triggered a national debate over gun control.
Roger and Lynda Cruz adopted the two brothers but Roger died of a heart attack several years ago. Their adoptive mom, Lynda died from pneumonia last November.
The Miami Herald reported that days after Lynda’s death, Nikolas made a 911 call and told police he was having a hard time to cope.
“I lost my mother a couple days ago and I’m dealing with some things right now. I kind of got mad and started punching walls,” Cruz confided.
Over the years, Nikolas displayed several red flags which include purchasing a semiautomatic rifle, showing off several weapons in social media, and online comments declaring: “I’m going to be a professional school shooter.”
The police were called to his home almost two dozen times in the past decade while two people called the FBI’s attention about Nikolas in as recent as September and January.
Nikolas is behind bars as the shooting survivors have returned to their school amid a renewed call for new gun regulations across the nation.
Source: NY Daily News