The sister of scholar Joaquin Oliver and the households of scholar Alaina Petty and trainer Scott Beigel spoke to the court docket. Cruz sat on the defence desk, often glancing on the video display in entrance of him.
The jury additionally noticed three cellphone movies Cruz made within the days earlier than his assault, discussing his plan to kill at the very least 20 folks at Stoneman Douglas, his former college.
Relations from three of Florida college gunman Nikolas Cruz’s 17 victims gave statements on Monday about how their 2018 deaths at Parkland’s Marjory Stoneman Douglas Excessive College have affected their lives.
Additionally they noticed textual content messages he made on the day of the assault, Valentine’s Day, to a former girlfriend expressing his unrequited love for her and to a buddy, asking whether or not he may discover a date for him that evening. He did, however the textual content telling Cruz arrived simply as his Uber was dropping him off on the college.
Patricia Oliver, Joaquin’s mom, informed the seven-man, five-woman jury that he was a delicate and sort boy, aged 17 with plans to attend school so he may work in sports activities administration. She stated there was an outpouring of affection after his loss of life.
“I by no means knew he had so many associates,” she stated. “Our life has been shattered and altered without end.”
His older sister, Andrea Ghersi, spoke of how when she has youngsters she must clarify to them why they don’t have an uncle.
Alaina Petty’s mom, Kelly, stated she cherished her quick time within the college’s Junior Reserve Officer Coaching Corps. A member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, she had helped in hurricane restoration the summer time earlier than her loss of life.
“She cherished her associates, she cherished her household and, most significantly, she cherished God,” Kelly Petty stated.
“She was an angel on Earth and he or she ought to nonetheless be right here,” Alaina’s sister Meghan stated.
Trainer Scott Beigel’s mom, Linda Schulman, and his stepfather, Michael Schulman, talked of his love for instructing, his college students and baseball.
Michael Schulman stated that when he informed Scott he wished to marry his mom, he stated his solely response was, “All I ask is that you just make my mom completely happy.”
Cruz, 23, pleaded responsible to 17 counts of first-degree homicide in October, that means the jury will determine solely whether or not he’s sentenced to loss of life or life with out parole.
On Monday the jurors noticed the three cellphone movies he made beginning six days earlier than his assault.
Within the first two, he’s not seen. Solely his voice is heard.