A Facebook account appearing to belong to the brother of Florida high school shooter Nikolas Cruz has posted a thank you message.
The post made by the account under the name of ‘Zachary Cruz,’ has led to speculation that the 18-year-old has broken his silence, following his 19-year-old brother’s admission to shooting and killing 17 people.
‘Appreciate all the positive messages [heart emoji],’ the post read, which was published on Saturday at 11.06pm Eastern.
The profile photo for the account was posted on Sunday at 4.24am ET, and appears to show a young Zachary Cruz with his half-brother.
The features of the two children in the photo appear very similar to a picture taken between November last year and January which shows them holding the ashes of their adoptive mother, Lynda Cruz.
There’s no way to tell through public access when the Facebook account was created. DailyMail.com messaged the account, but did not receive a reply.
A social media account listed as belonging to ‘Zachary Cruz,’ which is the name of the brother of Florida high school shooter Nikolas Cruz, 19, has published a post on Saturday; This is the profile picture used by the account, published early on Sunday morning
The features of the two children in the profile’s default photo appear very similar to the features of this verified photo of the real Zachary Cruz and his half-brother, taken some time between November and January, as they are holding the ashes of their deceased adoptive mother, Lynda Cruz
Zachary Cruz was previously reported as having been held for psychiatric evaluation in Palm Beach, Florida since February 16.
If this account does, in fact, belong to him, the post may mean he has been released from the mental health facility.
The post was made viewable to the public, and has been collecting all sorts of comments from other Facebook users.
One user recommended that the owner of the account, which apparently the user assumed to be the real Zachary Cruz, should write a letter to the Florida high school shooter.
Florida high school shooter Nikolas Cruz, 19, faced court briefly on February 15 as he was officially charged with 17 counts of premeditated murder over the massacre
‘Appreciate all the positive messages [heart emoji],’ the post read, which was published by a Facebook account purported to belong to a ‘Zachary Cruz’ on Saturday at 11.06 pm Eastern
Another user, listed as ‘Amber Morris’ wrote: ‘Praying for you, your brother, and your community. Love and support from SC.’
That particular comment prompted two replies, seemingly taking issue with the user’s inclusion of prayers for the shooter.
‘Gil Anderson’ wrote: ‘How about praying for the 17 victims and their grieving families? Wow!!!’
‘Rebecca Alexa’ made that point more clear, writing: ‘Pray for HIM [apparently, Zachary] and pray for the dead. No one else deserves prayers.’
A user listed as ‘Amber Morris’ wrote: ‘Praying for you, your brother, and your community. Love and support from SC,’ to which ‘Rebecca Alexa’ replied: ‘Pray for HIM [apparently, Zachary] and pray for the dead. No one else deserves prayers’
Several users made comments to the effect that they were praying for the real Zachary Cruz, who this account may or may not belong to, and his shooter brother
One user recommended that the owner of this account, which apparently the user assumed to be the real Zachary Cruz, should write a letter to the Florida high school shooter
To these comments, ‘Amber Morris’ replied: ‘Gil Rodriguez when I say community, I’m referring to the families, friends, and the community as a whole, everyone effected. I’m praying for all involved. If you came to hate thee are plenty of pages and posts for that.’
Other shared sentiments of support for the poster, as well.
‘Benajmin Scot Arnesty’ wrote: ‘You have so many allies out here! The truth never dies! Stay strong.’
This was confusing for some, like user ‘Rebecca Alexa’, who replied to this comment, as well. She posted: ‘What truth exactly? We know the truth….16 kids and a teacher were murdered.’
Commenters were outraged at messages of support that referenced Zachary’s shooter brother, like this one from ‘Miley Rees,’ which said: ‘Sending love and best wishes to you and your brother from the UK. There’s a lot of people rooting for you both.’
The users mentioned above, both ‘Gil’ and ‘Rebecca,’ called this ‘Miley Rees’ a ‘sick young lady’ and ‘mentally ill.’
Under recently added friends, the account listed as belonging to a ‘Zachary Cruz’ shows an account that listed as belonging to ‘Rocxanne Deschamps.’
Deschamps is the woman who took in Zachary and his half-brother, following their adoptive mother’s death from issues related to pneumonia in November. She was also a former neighbor of the family, prior to the death of Lynda Cruz, age 68.
Zachary has been living with Deschamps this entire time, but his shooter brother moved out in January, reportedly over a dispute over his gun collection.
Facebook users called this ‘Miley Rees’ a ‘sick young lady’ and ‘mentally ill’
‘Benajmin Scot Arnesty’ wrote: ‘You have so many allies out here! The truth never dies! Stay strong,’ in a post that confused some users on social media
It’s also been reported that Deschamps, 42, is the person who caused Zachary to be held for mental evaluation.
Chad Bennett, 37, a friend of Deschamps, told DailyMail.com that police were told, wrongly, that the teen would ‘finish what his older brother started,’ but did not say who said it.
On February 15, which is the day before Zachary was involuntarily committed, and one day after his half-brother admitted to the tragic Florida high school shooting and massacre, Deschamps filed to be named administrator of Lynda Cruz’s estate.
She filed on the grounds that she was ‘in charge of a 50 percent minor beneficiary’ to the estate, at the time. The estate is estimated to be valued at around $800,000, after the payment of outstanding liabilities.
If appointed, Deschamps will not have access to the assets of the estate for her personal use, but may be paid an administration fee out of those assets, to be determined by the court.
Zachary turned 18 on Wednesday.
The shooter, who remains locked up at the Broward County Jail, was charged with 17 counts of premeditated murder the following day.
Even if convicted, the shooter may still receive his inheritance, which was reported as coming due to him at the age of 22.
Experts have said that if he does inherit money from the estate, he will likely never see any of it, due to potential civial lawsuits related to the shooting.
Nikolas Cruz also injured 15 others when he opened fire with an AR-15 at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida on February 14.
PICTURED: Fourteen students, geography teacher, coach and athletic director shot dead in Florida high school massacre
Jaime Guttenberg, 14, (left) was described by relatives as a ‘kind-hearted, sweet’ girl. She attended the school with her younger brother who survived and rushed home afterwards. Senior Nicholas Dworet (right) was a gifted swimmer who had his sights set on 2020 Tokyo Olympics success. His devastated college student girlfriend is among those grieving his death. Friends said he was not just a talented athlete, but a ‘good guy’ who will be missed
Martin Duque, 14, (left) was missing for hours on Wednesday and his frantic family desperately appealed for him to get in touch on social media. On Thursday, his older brother Miguel confirmed his death. Martin was a freshman. Meadow Pollack, 18, (right) was preparing for college. Her father was at the school on Wednesday and showed her photograph around in the hope that she would be found alive
Cara Loughran (left) was missing on Wednesday afternoon. Her mother Denise and her father rushed to the designated hotel where parents were told to go to be reunited with their children in the hope that she would be found alive. Her grieving neighbor confirmed her death on Thursday. Alyssa Alhadeff, 15, (right) was eulogized by her mother who said she was a talented soccer player and creative mind. ‘All she had to offer the world was love… I just sent her to school and she was shot and killed,’ she said
Luke Hoyer, 15, (left) was described as a ‘precious’ child by his grandparents who confirmed his death. They found out about the shooting on television. They said he was a ‘good kid’ who ‘never got in trouble’. Joaquin Oliver, 17, (right) was also killed. Joaquin was a Venezuelan immigrant who came to the US with his family for a ‘better future’, they said on Thursday
Gina Montalto, 15, (left) was described as a ‘light and joy’. She and Jaime, another victim, volunteered at a local project called The Friendship Initiative where they acted as buddies for children with special needs. Gina’s mother Jennifer shared pleas to find her on social media on Wednesday. Alaina Petty, 14, (right) was also killed. Her Mormon church confirmed her death, saying she was a ‘valiant’ member
Carmen Schentrup, 16, (left) was also killed in the shooting. Carmen was a gifted student who last year was named as a semifinalist in the 2018 National Merit Scholarship Program. It includes students who score above average in their SATs or National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. ROTC student Peter Wang, 15, (right) also died. His parents speak little English and relied on their neighbor to post social media appeals looking for him. They went to the Marriott hotel with other parents to wait for news of him on Wednesday night and have since confirmed that he was among those killed
Alex Schachter, 14, (left) was also killed. His mother died when he was a child and he attended the school in Florida with his brother, who survived. The teenager’s father Max said he was a ‘sweetheart of a child’ who ‘just wanted to do well and please his parents’. Helena Ramsey, 17, (right) was described by relatives as a ‘reserved’ and studious girl who was due to go to college next year
Geography Scott Beigel, 35, (left) was shot dead as he tried to lock the door of his classroom again after letting a group of fleeing students in to hide. They were running away from the gunman. Aaron Feis, 37, (right) died acting as a human shield. The track coach had thrown himself on top of the kids to stop the bullets from hitting him. He was a former student and was also a security guard at the school where he had worked for eight years
Athletic director Chris Hixon, 49, was also killed shielding students