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Florida: the couple who hosted the killer did not imagine he was “a monster”

Ⓒ POOL/AFP – Susan STOCKER – | Nikolas Cruz, 19, was introduced to the judge by videoconference on February 15, 2018

The couple who hosted Nicolas Cruz, the author of the slaughter in a high school in Florida, described a strange young man but claimed to have never suspected that they housed “a monster”.

“We had this monster under our roof and we did not know it,” said 49-year-old nurse Kimberly Snead of the Florida daily Sun Sentinel.

Nikolas Cruz, 19, was greeted at the end of November by James and Kimberly Snead’s family in Parkland, Florida, after her mother died of complications from pneumonia, Sun Sentinel reported. He was friends with their son.

During his installation, “I told him that there would be rules” to respect in family life “and he followed all the rules to the letter,” said James Snead, 48, veteran of the American army and expert in military intelligence.

Last Wednesday, Nikolas Cruz shot and killed 17 people in the facility he was banned last year for “disciplinary reasons”, the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, North Miami.

He killed them with an AR-15 semi-automatic rifle he had bought legally.

He had other weapons, including two assault rifles and knives, according to the Snead who had weapons themselves at home.

The Parkland Massacre is the worst in a school in the United States since the killing of Sandy Hook, which killed 26 people six years ago.

– The FBI was alerted –

Ⓒ Broward County Sheriff’s Office/AFP – Handout – | Nikolas Cruz, the author of the shooting that killed 19 people in his old high school

The FBI, the US federal police, admitted that he received a detailed warning in January that Nikolas Cruz possessed a weapon, behaved erratically and posted disturbing messages on social networks about the possibility of his killing. in a school.

Despite this alert, the FBI had taken no action.

The Snead have described to the Sun Sentinel a lonely young man with bizarre and socially inappropriate behavior, but who showed no signs of tendencies to violence. “He was very naive, he was not stupid, only naïve,” Snead said.

Nikolas Cruz seemed to have been raised without ever having to do any housework: he did not know how to cook, wash his clothes, pick up his things or even use a microwave oven, the couple said.

The young man had unusual habits, like putting a chocolate chip cookie on a cheese sandwich, and he would regularly go to bed at eight o’clock in the evening.

He looked very lonely, wanted to have a girlfriend, and was depressed by the death of his mother, the Snead told the Sun Sentinel.

He had also expressed his desire to join the army after meeting a military recruiter.

– Open to therapy –

Kimberly Snead had taken him to the office of a psychotherapist five days before the killing, and the young man said he was open to the idea of ​​doing therapy and took a business card from this caregiver.

Nikolas Cruz also told the Snead that he would inherit at least $ 800,000 from his parents and that the bulk of these funds would be available when he was 22 years old.

On the day of the attack, the young man sent messages to the son of the Snead family who was studying in the high school where the killing took place, telling him that he had something important to tell him. Then he wrote: “No man, nothing at all”.

After the massacre, the couple saw the young man in custody, charged with 17 counts of premeditated murder, in the Broward County Sheriff’s Office, where Parkland is located. Dressed in hospital clothes, he was handcuffed and surrounded by police.

“He said he was sorry, he apologized, he seemed lost, absolutely lost,” Snead said. “And this is the last time we’ve seen it.”

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