• Damien Lane

Nikolas Cruz, 19, opens fire at Florida School

On February 14, 2018, a 19-year-old named Nikolas Cruz opened fire at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., killing 17 people and wounding 15 more, according to Fox News and ABC News.

After his mothers death in November of 2017, the parents of Cruz's friend took him in. They realized that he was depressed but were not aware of his violent side. They said that Cruz showed no signs of being prepared for this act. He did have a bad record at his former schools showing that he was a violent student and had been suspended on multiple occasions.

“We had this monster living under our roof and we didn’t know,” Kimberly Snead, 49, said. “We didn’t see this side of him.”

Five days before the killing spree, Kimberly Snead took Cruz to a therapist, but she says she is not aware of what was said during the session. She recalls Cruz stating he doesn't like medication but was open to seeing a therapist.

According to Kimberly Snead, she thought she and her husband were the only ones with keys to Cruz's gun safe. She believes he could have made an extra set for himself.

On Valentine's day morning, Cruz told Snead that he didn't need a ride to school because he doesn't go on Valentine's day, according to Sun Sentinel. Cruz then took an Uber to school.

Cruz walked into the school with an AR-15 rifle and opened fire on students and faculty walking down the hallway. He tried to blend in with the other students evacuating the school. He was then captured in a nearby neighborhood.

Cruz was charged with 17 counts or premeditated murder. He made his first appearance in court on last Thursday and was ordered to be held without bond. He then later confessed he was guilty.

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