Mom's Death, Depression, And Violence: What Exactly Pushed Nikolas Cruz Over The Edge?
February 16, 2018 14:37 By Fabiosa
On February 14th, students at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida found themselves running and hiding for their lives after a shooter opened fire in the school premises.
— Red T Raccoon (@RedTRaccoon) February 16, 2018
The Broward County Sheriff, Scott Israel, later confirmed that at least 17 people lost their lives following the tragic incident.
A day after the deadly high school shooting in Parkland, Florida, we're learning more about the victims and who they hoped to be. pic.twitter.com/JHbdNYOwZu
— CBS News (@CBSNews) February 15, 2018
The arrest of Nikolas Cruz
Israel also told newsmen that 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz was arrested as a suspect in connection with the mass shooting.
Florida shooting suspect Nikolas Cruz reportedly warned student: 'You'd better get out of here' https://t.co/1t3JrKikAF
— Fox News (@FoxNews) February 16, 2018
It was reported that Cruz was a former student of the school who was expelled for disciplinary reasons.
His social media activities
According to several reports, Cruz did not have the best track record when it came to his social media activities. In fact, in a lot of his updates, he seemed to promote the type of violence he is now being accused of.
Police officials recently revealed that in a particular post, Cruz's message was so shockingly hateful that he was reported to the FBI. He posted racial slurs at blacks and Muslims and was reported to have had ties with some white supremacists.
“I’m not surprised that it was him.” Neighbors describe Florida school shooter Nikolas Cruz as “weird” and “aggressive,” describing past instances of Cruz shooting chickens with pellet guns and harming other animals. https://t.co/p6DVr9mFlE pic.twitter.com/LA5yGrUDWe
— ABC News (@ABC) February 16, 2018
He also threatened to shoot people and shared messages involving the description of vengeance that was very disturbing. In fact, a few months ago, he shared his ambition of becoming a "professional school shooter".
FBI was warned about Nikolas Cruz six months ago pic.twitter.com/J6XkKtF1Z6
— Jack Posobiec ???????? (@JackPosobiec) February 15, 2018
Obsessed with guns
According to students at the school, Cruz was 'crazy about guns'. In fact, he would talk about guns so much that there was a standing joke about him being the type of person to shoot up a school.
— Brian Entin (@BrianEntin) February 16, 2018
One student, Chad Williams, told BBC:
We actually, a lot of kids threw jokes around like that, saying that he's the one to shoot up the school, but it turns out everyone predicted it. It's crazy.
A family member suggested that the death of Cruz's mom might have been what sent the teenager over the edge. She passed away on November 2017 as a result of complications from the flu.
19-year old Nikolas Cruz has confessed to killing 17 people at his former high school in Florida as the FBI admitted it had received a tip-off about the gunman yet failed to stop him https://t.co/gnh248EL8L pic.twitter.com/crCEQLtmcC
— AFP news agency (@AFP) February 16, 2018
Roger and Lynda Cruz adopted both the boy and his younger brother Zachary when they were infants. Roger died ten years ago, so Lynda was left to raise the boys on her own.
Cruz's cousin, Kathie Blaine, told ABC News that the brothers' 68-year-old adoptive mom had to be rushed to a hospital when her health got really bad, but unfortunately, she died of pneumonia.
According to Cruz's sister-in-law, Barbara Kumbatovic, he and Lynda had a really close relationship and good upbringing. She was of the opinion that Cruz's childhood experience had nothing to do with his inclination to carry out a massacre of the height he is being accused of.
I don’t think it had anything to do with his upbringing. It could have been the loss of his mom.
A new home?
After Lynda's death, the boys moved in with some friends, but Nikolas soon left to stay with another friend's family. These people took him in and tried to help him after seeing how depressed he was.
At the time, he had already been expelled from the school, but he was attending an adult GED class.
On the morning of the shooting, he was woken up to go for classes, but he refused, saying something along the lines of "it's Valentine's Day. I don't go to school on Valentine's Day."
The family he was staying with knew he had a gun and was allowed to keep it as long as it was in a safe lock box.
Investigations into the crime and suspect are still ongoing.