Parkland shooter Nikolas Cruz has spent the last two months behind bars for the February 14th massacre at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas. Cruz is accused of killing 17 people, with seemingly no emotion.
This week, we saw the unthinkable happen again, people are dumbfounded by what the shooter had to say.
The families of the 17 victims have been living in grief and struggling with moving forward. Could what the shooter did this week change that in even a small way?
According to USA TODAY– Nikolas Cruz, the 19-year-old charged with killing 17 people at his former Florida high school on Valentine’s Day, has told a court he wants to donate any money from his late mother’s estate to victims of the massacre.
During an appearance in Broward Circuit Court on Wednesday, defense lawyer Melisa McNeill said Cruz doesn’t want money from his mother’s life insurance policy or any other source of income.
“He would like that money donated to an organization that the victims’ family believes would be able to facilitate healing in our community or an opportunity to educate our community about the issues that have ripened over the last four or five months,” McNeill said, according to the South Florida Sun Sentinel.
Howard Finkelstein, another public defender, said the money should “go to those who have been hurt,” the Palm Beach Post reported.
The hearing was held to determine whether Cruz is entitled to a public defender. Judge Elizabeth Scherer said she planned to issue a ruling later this month, the Post said.McNeill said the estate of Cruz’s mother is tied up in the probate process with multiple claims and lawsuits against it. Lynda Cruz died in November from flu complications.
Court records show she had a $25,000 life insurance policy, the Sun Sentinel reported.Among the financial details revealed during the hearing were a bank account that had more than $17,000 a year ago but is now down to $353.43. Cruz also owns Microsoft shares worth about $2,000.
In addition, according to ABC News, McNeill said Cruz’s mother may have also had an inheritable annuity potentially worth hundreds of thousands of dollars. She said $3,333 from the annuity was deposited into a checking account Cruz had access to just prior to his mother’s death, but that no similar deposits have appeared since.
Finkelstein said if annuity deposits were to be made to Cruz’s account monthly, he stands to gain as much as $800,000 during his expected lifetime.
There is nothing that can change what has happened to the families and friends to the 17 victims. They will be forever plagued with memories lost of their loved ones. Maybe in some small way, a little help with finances could be a blessing to parents struggling to work and deal with their grief. We will never know or understand why Cruz conducted this horrific act, and I’m not sure that any of the families would accept an apology from him. But it seems that this small gesture was just that, an apology.