PARKLAND, Florida -Florida school shooter Nikolas Cruz told a detective that a demon in his head - "the evil side" - told him to burn, kill and destroy, and that he thought about going to a park to kill people about a week before 17 people were gunned down at the school, according to a recently released transcript of his interrogation.
Nikolas Cruz, the suspected gunman behind the February 14 massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., shouted "kill me" as he sat alone in an interrogation room hours after he was taken into custody. He told Curcio the voice appeared after his father died about 15 years ago but got worse after his mother died of pneumonia in November.
Curcio asked Cruz what this voice told him.
He acknowledged building a fire pit because the voice told him to and said he killed wild birds.
Cruz (above last Friday in court) said he heard a voice in his head and had been hearing them for years.
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At first, Cruz said that he did not even remember how he had gotten to Stoneman Douglas to carry out his rampage.
"Kill me", Cruz said, while he was alone in the interview room but still being recorded. A recording also revealed that Cruz reportedly muttered "kill me" to himself following his arrest.
Curcio asked what the voice told him.
"I, personally, think you're using the demon as an excuse", the detective said.
17 people died at the shooting: 14-year-old student Alyssa Alhadeff, 35-year-old teacher Scott Beigel, 14-year-old student Martin Duque Anguiano, 17-year-old student Nicholas Dworet, 37-year-old assistant football coach Aaron Feis, 14-year-old student Jaime Guttenberg, 49-year-old athletic director Christopher Hixon, 15-year-old student Luke Hoyer, 14-year-old student Cara Loughran, 14-year-old student Gina Montalto, 17-year-old student Joaquin Oliver, 14-year-old student Alaina Petty, 18-year-old student Meadow Pollack, 17-year-old student Helena Ramsay, 14-year-old student Alexander Schachter, 16-year-old student Carmen Schentrup, and 15-year-old student Peter Wang. Parts of what was said have been redacted, indicating that they also likely include Nikolas Cruz's confession.
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Cruz bought the rifle legally. Curcio asked. No, Cruz replied, saying the bullets embedded in the concrete.
"You're not acting like yourself". "When you see me on the news, you'll all know who I am", he said.
Runcie, who brought the PROMISE program, a social justice program aimed at eliminating the "school-to-prison pipeline", to Broward County, said the consultant's report largely reveals that the district's "systems are appropriate" and that his officials were intent on providing "an education and ongoing, changing behavioral care for Cruz throughout his time in the Broward school system".
"I'm sorry, dude", said the defendant.
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