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Brother of Florida shooter Nikolas Cruz is arrested for trespassing

  • Zachary Cruz, 18, was arrested Monday afternoon for trespassing, police said 
  • Cruz was taken into custody at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School  
  • He told authorities he was there to ‘reflect on school shooting and to soak it in’

Zachary Cruz (pictured), 18, the brother of Nikolas Cruz, who was charged with killing 17 people at a Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, was arrested for trespassing at the same school

The brother of the teen charged with killing 17 people at a Florida school was arrested Monday afternoon for trespassing at the same school, authorities said.

Zachary Cruz, 18, was arrested at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School and charged with trespassing on school grounds, a Broward Sheriff’s Office report said.

The teen was recorded by security cameras riding his skateboard at the school around 4.30pm though he had received prior warnings from school officials to stay away from the campus, the report said.

Zachary Cruz told the arresting deputy that he was there to ‘reflect on the school shooting and to soak it in,’ according to the report. 

It added that the teen had ‘surpassed all locked doors and gates and proceeded to ride his skateboard through school grounds’.

The youth’s brother, 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz, has been charged with 17 counts of first-degree murder in connection with the February 14 shooting.

Court documents show some officials recommended in September 2016 that Nikolas Cruz be involuntarily committed for a mental evaluation, though the recommendation was never acted upon.

Such a commitment would have made it more difficult, if not impossible, for Cruz to have legally obtained a gun such as the AR-15 assault-style rifle used in the shooting.

Jail records didn’t immediately list an attorney for Zachary Cruz.

Cruz, 18, was arrested at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School and charged with trespassing on school grounds, a Broward Sheriff's Office report said

Cruz, 18, was arrested at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School and charged with trespassing on school grounds, a Broward Sheriff’s Office report said

The youth's brother, 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz (pictured in court), has been charged with 17 counts of first-degree murder in connection with the February 14 shooting

The youth’s brother, 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz (pictured in court), has been charged with 17 counts of first-degree murder in connection with the February 14 shooting



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