Families unleash grief and anger on Parkland school shooter

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Families of the 17 children and staff members Parkland school shooter Nikolas Cruz murdered have concluded their first day of confronting him in court.

They variously wished him a painful death and called him a coward Tuesday as they got their chance to address him directly before he is formally sentenced to life in prison. Some of the families and 17 also wounded at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on Valentine’s Day 2018 decried that the jury did not sentence Cruz to death.

The 24-year-old Cruz stared back at them from behind a COVID-19 face mask and showed no emotion.


PHOTO INFO: Patricia Padauy Oliver speaks during her victim impact statement in the sentencing hearing for Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooter Nikolas Cruz at the Broward County Courthouse in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. on Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2022. Padauy Oliver’s son, Joaquin Oliver, was killed in the 2018 shootings. Cruz was sentenced to life in prison for murdering 17 people at Parkland’s Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School more than four years ago. (Amy Beth Bennett/South Florida Sun Sentinel via AP, Pool)


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