When a Snead family took Nikolas Cruz into their home final November, they suspicion of him as one of their own.
Now they’re perplexing to remember any warning signs they competence have missed.
“The Nik we knew was not a beast he incited out to be,” James Snead, whose son befriended Cruz, told NBC News.
Cruz, 19, is charged with a premeditated murder 17 people during Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, after admissing to military that he was a gunman in a shooting, according to a Broward Sheriff’s Office affidavit.
Just 3 months earlier, Cruz changed in with a Sneads after his mother, Lynda Cruz, died of pneumonia. They pronounced he was vexed after losing his mother, though no red flags ever went off about his behavior.
For a infancy of a time Cruz lived with a Sneads, they contend they treated him like family.
“When we went out to dinner, he went out to cooking with us. When we went to a friend’s house, he went with us. He was partial of a family,” pronounced James Snead, after adding that Cruz told him that his time with a family was a happiest in his life.
Snead and wife, Kimberly, described Cruz as respectful and “normal,” observant they set manners for a teen, that he followed to a letter. If he left a candy coupling or plate out, Kimberly Snead pronounced Cruz behaved as if he was “afraid to be in trouble.”
“All a friends that have met him they couldn’t trust it was him. They were in usually as most startle as we were, being his celebrity that they knew of him, they couldn’t trust he did it since he was shy and quiet, and socially awkward,” Kimberly Snead said.
They pronounced reports from a Florida Department of Children and Families about Cruz were never brought to their attention.
In 2016, Cruz was reason for psychiatric evaluations after he sent out a Snapchat video in that he cut his arms and pronounced he wanted to buy a gun, according to a Florida Department of Children and Families inquisitive report.
However, after being evaluated by Henderson Behavioral Health professionals, a preference was done not to hospitalize him. Additionally, a news remarkable that in 2015 Cruz had a “Nazi pitch drawn on his book bag” and “hate signs on a book bag stating, ‘I hatred n——.’”
Before she died, Lynda Cruz told investigators during a 2016 occurrence that her son had ADHD, basin and autism, according to a DCF report. She also told investigators her son took remedy he was prescribed.
She also told officials that her son did not possess a gun over an airsoft gun. She pronounced that there “has never been any issues with other races or issues with injustice in her family.”
The Sneads pronounced they knew Cruz had guns and were OK with it. There was a gun protected and James Snead believed he hexed a solitary key.
Initially after receiving a phone call from his son on Wednesday about a sharpened during school, James Snead pronounced he didn’t consider it could have been Cruz responsible. He afterwards perceived a call from a SWAT captain seeking about a locale of his son “Nikolas Cruz.”
He pronounced after a outline of a shooter came out it began to penetrate in that a teen had accessed his gun safe. James Snead called a SWAT captain behind and told him to go to his home and make certain his mom was safe.
Kimberly, who works as a neonatal ICU nurse, was sleeping before an dusk change during home when a sharpened happened.
“I went to a doorway and [police] had guns on me, tell me put my hands in a air, ‘Are we alone in a house?'” Kimberly Snead said. Police pennyless a news of a sharpened to her as they searched a home.
After Cruz was arrested, James and Kimberly Snead were taken to a sheriff’s bureau where they initial laid eyes on a teen they had non-stop their home to. James had to reason Kimberly back.
“We didn’t pronounce with him, we some-more of yelled during him,” Kimberly said. “I was indeed going to suppress him. we wanted to go after him. we tried, we guess.”
The usually difference she could utter: “Really, Nik? Really?”
James pronounced he listened Cruz drivel an reparation as he was pulled away.
“This child was going by a lot and … I’m not fortifying anything he did. Please don’t consider that. Absolutely not. He was damaged and there were so many things that we are now learning. We didn’t see this in a house. We were perplexing to assistance out a vexed child who mislaid his mother,” Kimberly Snead said.