The brother of accused Parkland shooter Nikolas Cruz says his brother didn’t know how many people he had allegedly killed when he spoke to him following the massacre, and asked him the question everyone wants to know: Why?
“He said his demons got to him,” he said. “He wasn’t aware of how many people he killed and I told him and he kind of like fainted like blacked out.”
Zachary Cruz has been forced to leave Florida as a result of his sibling’s alleged misdeeds.
The 18-year-old also talked with Inside Edition about his current life following the massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, which left 17 people dead on Feb. 14.
Cruz says that despite what prosecutors may say about him, he does not pose a danger to society.
“I’m just a kid who likes to skate and have fun with my friends,” he said.
Zachary was busted for trespassing at the Parkland School just a month after the massacre.
“I just went there to kind of take it all in,” he said when asked why he went there.
He was held on $500,000 bail. Bail for trespassing is usually $25.
A month after his release, he was arrested again for driving without a license. He believes he has become a marked man.
Now with the help of Nexus, a legal services charity, he has moved to Virginia to begin a new life.
Zachary and his brother were adopted as babies by Lynda and Roger Cruz.
Their adoptive father died when Zachary was 4. Their mother died last November, three months before the shooting.
Zachary says he is haunted by the thought that he may have been able to stop the massacre had he been at the school that day.
“I could usually like, calm him down,” he claims.