Florida School Shooter’s Brother Taken to Mental Hospital After Massacre

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This photo provided by the Broward County Jail shows Nikolas Cruz. Authorities say Cruz, a former student opened fire at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018, killing more than a dozen people and injuring several. (Broward County Jail via AP)

The younger brother of the Florida school shooter, Nikolas Cruz, has been sent to a mental hospital for observation by the authorities.

This move is made possible by the Baker act which allows for minors to be involuntarily placed in a mental facility for no more than 12 hours for observation, it is unclear whether the brother has been released though.

According to the Daily Mail, the boy who turns 18 next week, was removed from his Lantana home on Friday, days after his brother gunned down 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

The two boys suffered a personal tragedy last year when their adoptive mother Lynda Cruz died of pneumonia on November 1.

The boys were then taken in by Rocxanne Deschamps who lived in Lantana but Nikolas moved out after Deschamps told him that he couldn’t stay with her if he had a firearm.

So he moved in with the Sneads and their 17-year-old boy in Broward county.

Cruz, 19, as been formally charged with 17 counts of premeditated murder following the Valentine’s Day massacre in Florida.


The shooting was said to be the deadliest in five years and apart from the 17 people killed there were also 15 people injured in the attack.


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