Nikolas Cruz's Brother Accused of Trespassing At Stoneman Douglas, Arrested
Hannah Winston and Jorge Milian, Palm Beach Post
Update 1:50 p.m. EDT, March 20: Bond was set at $500,000 for Zachary Cruz following his arrest Monday near Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, where his older brother, Nikolas, killed 17 people Feb. 14.
State officials said the younger brother had trespassed at the school three time since the mass shooting.
Zachary Cruz, 18, told deputies he went to the campus to “reflect on the school shooting and soak it in,” according to the arrest report.
The sheriff’s office said he rode his skateboard through the campus, passing all locked doors and gates. Deputies said he was previously warned by school officials to stay away from the campus.
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The sheriff’s office said Zachary Cruz has no connections to Broward County at this time. Before the shootings, he lived with his brother and family friend, Rocxanne Deschamps, in a Lantana-area mobile home.
Nikolas Cruz, 19, is charged in a 34-count indictment with killing 17 people and wounding 17 others. He is being held without bail at the Broward County Jail after the Feb. 14 school shooting that left 14 students and three adults dead.
After the fatal shootings, Zachary Cruz was put under a mental-health evaluation. He told investigators that as he drove home with Deschamps after he heard about the shootings he said, "I don't want to be alive. I don't want to deal with this stuff."