The Parkland school shooter’s younger brother has finally broken his silence and expressed remorse for their childhood and wished he could have stopped the deadly attack, a sheriff’s report has revealed.
Zachary Cruz, 18, told authorities that he had immense guilt after finding out his brother Nikolas Cruz was the person responsible for killing 17 people at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.
Zachary expressed he wished he could have prevented the massacre, and regrets how he treated his brother Nikolas.
The younger brother revealed that him and his friends would often bully Nikolas. He also said he resented his brother as Nikolas was “the favorite” between them.
Lynda and Roger Cruz adopted the two brothers at a very young age and raised them in Florida. The father died of a heart attack some years ago, and the mother just passed away in November due to pneumonia.
Via NY Daily News: Nikolas Cruz made a 911 call in the days following his mother’s death and told police he was struggling, according to the Miami Herald.
“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, who purchased a semiautomatic rifle legally, exhibited several red flags over the years, including social media posts showing off several weapons, and online comments that declared, “I’m going to be a professional school shooter.”
People called the police on Nikolas dozens of times, over the past ten years leading up to the attack, and two different people even alerted the FBI about him as recent as September and January.