Cruz’s mother, Lynda Cruz, died Nov. 1, she was 68 at the time, according to the Sun-Sentinel. Her husband died years ago. Nikolas Cruz and his biological brother, Zachary, moved from Long Island to Broward County after their mother died. James and Kimberly Snead took him into their Parkland home.
The Sun Sentinel published a story Sunday about the family, who said that what Nikolas Cruz did baffles them. “We had this monster living under our roof and we didn’t know,” Kimberly Snead told The Sun Sentinel on Saturday, “We didn’t see this side of him.”
They made Cruz buy a locking gun safe to put in his room the day he moved in. Cruz had a handful of guns, including the AR-15 and two other rifles that James Snead said would be considered assault rifles. Cruz, a hunter, also had knives, BB guns and pellet guns.
Snead thought he had the only key to the cabinet but has figured out Cruz must have kept a key for himself. The family kept their own rifles, bought after a burglary a couple of years ago, in a separate locked cabinet.
They told Cruz he needed to ask permission to take out the guns. He had asked only twice since November. They said “yes” once and “no” once.
How the 19-year-old turned into a killer still baffles them.
On Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018, at least 17 people died when a gunman opened fire at a Florida school. Authorities identified the shooter as 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz. He was charged with 17 counts of premeditated murder for the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.
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NTD Television writer Bowen Xiao contributed to this report.