Nikolas and Zachary Cruz as children. Picture: Facebook
Nikolas and Zachary Cruz as children. Picture: Facebook

Florida shooter’s brother regrets bullying him

ZACHARY Cruz, the younger brother of Florida shooter Nikolas Cruz, says he regrets bullying his older brother and feels guilty that he didn't stop the massacre which killed 17 people.

CNN reports that the 18-year-old that he and his friends had bullied Nikolas, something Zachary "now regrets ever doing," according to the report.

Nikolas Cruz, accused of murdering 17 people in the Florida high school shooting, appears in court. Picture: AP
Nikolas Cruz, accused of murdering 17 people in the Florida high school shooting, appears in court. Picture: AP

One detective wrote that Zachary wished he had been nicer to his brother. Police said Zachary had felt resentment because he thought Nikolas was the "favoured brother".

The police report also stated that Zachary felt guilty about the shooting and thought he could have possibly prevented it.

Nikolas Cruz when he was arrested. Picture: Supplied
Nikolas Cruz when he was arrested. Picture: Supplied

The two brothers were adopted by Lynda and Roger Cruz. But the father died of a heart attack several years ago, and Lynda passed away from pneumonia in November.

Nikolas Cruz used a semiautomatic rifle to kill 14 students and three teachers on February 14 at Stoneman Douglas in Parkland, Florida.

Meadow Pollack was killed in Parkland. Picture: Facebook
Meadow Pollack was killed in Parkland. Picture: Facebook

Nikolas 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."

Nikolas Cruz called 911 after the death of his mum, Lynda Cruz. Picture: Supplied
Nikolas Cruz called 911 after the death of his mum, Lynda Cruz. Picture: Supplied

The police were called to his home nearly two dozen times in the decade leading up to deadly attack, and two people called the FBI about Nikolas but nothing was done.

The Parkland shooting has prompted school students to call for stronger gun control in the US.

A sign hangs on a fence one at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. Picture: AFP
A sign hangs on a fence one at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. Picture: AFP

 

 

 

 

 

Joaquin Oliver was one of the students killed. Picture: Instagram
Joaquin Oliver was one of the students killed. Picture: Instagram


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