This Wednesday, October 20, Nikolas Cruz, accused of perpetrating a massacre at a Parkland high school, in Florida, the February 14, 2018, pleaded guilty in court to murdering 17 people that day; “very sorry“, the young man told the families of the victims.
In a Broward County court. the former student, 23 years old, pleaded guilty to 17 counts of murder and 17 assassination attempts, for the people he injured during his attack on the call “valentines day massacre“.
On February 14, 2018, Cruz killed 17 people and injured as many with an AR-15 semiautomatic rifle in the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School of Parkland, from where they had expelled him a year before for “disciplinary reasons”.
He was 19 years old when he carried out the massacre, one of the worst at a school in the United States since the 2012 one at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. On that occasion 26 people died, including 20 small children.
Cruz, who came to court dressed in a blue collared shirt and black vest, and wore oversized glasses and a mask, answered “guilty” after Judge Elizabeth Scherer read each of the charges.
According to local media, during Nikolas’s hearing, it was determined that there will be a compensation of $ 25 million for the 52 families affected by the so-called “Valentine’s Day Massacre” of 2018. The largest payments will be for the parents and husbands of the 17 fatalities, journalist Madeleine Wright posted on her Twitter account.
They still do not limit the sale of arms after the case
The Parkland shooting sparked an unprecedented mobilization to limiting arms sales in the United States. But, more than three and a half years later, the polarized US Congress has yet to vote on any meaningful reform on gun ownership.
Cruz was able to easily purchase a semi-automatic rifle, despite a history of mental problems; the young man was known for his gun obsession and had been singled out as a possible threat to his classmates.
With information from AFP
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