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Nikolas Cruz Admits Guilt in Parkland Tragedy


Nikolas Cruz Admits Guilt in Parkland Tragedy

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During the month of February in 2018, Nikolas Cruz made an entrance into Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, armed with multiple firearms, and proceeded to tragically end the lives of 17 students and faculty members. Yesterday, Cruz stood before a Florida court, with the relatives of the deceased observing both in person and via Zoom. As Cruz listened to the enumeration of his 34 charges, he admitted guilt to each one, demonstrating his full comprehension of his actions.

After his admissions, Cruz addressed a few words to the bereaved families. He expressed remorse, saying, “I deeply regret my actions, and the weight of my deeds burdens me every single day. Given a chance to make amends, I would dedicate myself to assisting others to the fullest of my ability,” he expressed sincerely. “My actions today are an offering to you, irrespective of your beliefs. I cherish you all, despite the doubt you may hold, but the anguish of my actions plagues me daily, haunting my conscience. However, I strive to persevere as I believe that is what you would wish of me.”

In response to Cruz’s address, Tony Montalto, a father who lost his daughter in the tragedy, remarked to CNN, “If he sought forgiveness, he should not have taken Gina’s life and the lives of 16 others on that sorrowful day.”

The process of selecting a jury for Cruz’s final sentencing will commence in January. At the very least, Cruz will be confined to a lifetime in prison, although prosecutors have been vocal about their inclination towards pursuing the death penalty. In response to the prospect, Montalto remarked, “These perpetrators of mass violence must be denied the fame they seek. . . . We must honor the memories of the victims for their exuberant and remarkable personas.

“I believe he should have an equitable opportunity similar to what he afforded my daughter and all the other innocent souls on February 14, 2018.”

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