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Nikolas Cruz, a nineteen-year-old, has been arrested and charged with mass murder of seventeen of his fellow high-school students and some of their teachers in Florida.
He used an assault rifle to gun all of them down in cold blood.
There was a history of mentally illness and over a period of time the boy became more and more isolated.
Some who knew him cut their ties with Cruz because of his frightening Instagram posts.
One freaky picture showed a dead frog covered in blood with Cruz standing over it holding a weapon.
Those who empathized saw a teenager trying to work through a difficult period of his life and tried to help.
None was able to fathom the confusion brewing inside him.
A close friend from his school took him into his home.
Cruz had been adopted by Lynda and Roger Cruz at age 2 along with his 2-month-old brother, Zachary.
Their adoptive father died of a heart attack when they were still little and Lynda to raise the two boys on her own.
“Lynda was very close to them,” said her sister-in-law, Barbara Kumbatovic.
Jim Lewis the attorney, who took in the shooting suspect, said that the family noticed nothing out of the ordinary in the boy.
But some bore witness to an explosive temper.
“People were afraid of him,” said Brody Speno, 19, who grew up on the same block.
“Just about everybody on this part of the street had a run-in with him,” said neighbor Malcolm Roxburgh.
A schoolmate, Jevon Cange, said he saw Cruz headed to the administrator’s one day in 2016.
The next time Cange saw him late in 2016, he’d been expelled.
On Valentine’s Day 2018 Nicholas Cruz walked into his former High School and shot everybody he could lay his gun-sights on.
On February 15 2018 he was charged with 17 counts of premeditated murder.
Nicholas Cruz had lost his mother to pneumonia at age 68.
A sympathetic friend took him and his brother into their home.
Cruz had brought with him an AR-15 assault weapon. He kept it in a locked steel safe in his room.
The family never saw him use it.
He was respectful, followed the rules and seemed grateful to have a home again.
Then on Wednesday 14, Cruz said he wasn’t going to school.
“It’s Valentine’s Day. I don’t go to school on Valentine’s Day,” he’d said, according to his lawyer Lewis.
His friend, however, was in school when the shooting began.
He found himself locked in a room along with other terrified students.
He had no idea that Cruz was the one doing the killing until the investigators asked him to come with them.
The questions being asked today are if the US gun lobby or the example set by the proponents of unending war are to blame.