On Wednesday, February 14th, a great tragedy struck our nation when a 19-year-old boy opened fire at his former Parkland, Florida school — Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Nikolas Cruz, who was previously expelled from the school, tragically killed more than 17 people and injured more than a dozen others.
Cruz made his first court appearance Thursday, February 15th, where he confessed to conducting the mass shooting. He has been charged with 17 counts of premeditated murder, reported Fox News.
There are still many unanswered questions regarding this case, such as a motive. However, the ongoing investigation has revealed that the 19-year-old had a very disturbed past and the FBI missed several warning signs leading up to the shooting.
At the time of the Parkland shooting, Cruz was living with a friend. After both of Cruz’s adoptive parents died, one of his friend’s parents welcomed him into their home.
According to the Sun-Sentinel, James and Kimberly Snead — the adults who took Cruz in — said they “never saw this side of him.” Although, they did recognize his depression and took him to see a therapist only days before the incident.
On the day of the shooting, Cruz texted the Sneads’ son asking him what classroom he was in. In another, he said he had “something important” to tell him, but then responded with, “Nothing man.” His last text to his friend read, “Yo.”
The texts were reportedly sent on Cruz’s Uber ride to the school, stated the Sun-Sentinel.
James and Kimberly also revealed details on the last time they saw him. After the shooting, when Cruz was in custody, Kimberly attempted to run after him, but her husband stopped her. She yelled, “Really, Nik? Really?”
In response, Cruz apologized. James described him as looking “lost.” Thankfully, James and Kimberly’s son was not harmed in the shooting.
Please continue to pray for all of the families involved. In other recent news, an Olympic snowboarder crashed and broke his neck.