Nikolas Cruz’s younger brother, Zachary Cruz is reportedly in custody after trespassing on campus at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Here is everything you need to know about Zachary Cruz.
Last month, Nikolas Cruz reportedly gunned down 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. On March 19, his brother, Zachary Cruz was taken into custody after he was found trespassing on the same school’s campus.
At around 4:30 p.m., deputies working with the Broward County Sheriff’s Office stopped Cruz after he rode his skateboard on the school campus. He explained to deputies that he was there to “reflect on the school shooting and to soak it in.” It was reported that he “surpassed all locked doors and gates and proceeded to ride his skateboard through school grounds.”
Cruz was immediately taken into custody on one count of trespassing on school grounds. School officials reportedly asked him to stay away from Stoneman Douglas High. It is not known when he received the warnings.
Currently, Cruz’s bail is set at $25. He is being held in the same Broward County jail as his brother, who is facing 17 counts of premeditated murder. Nikolas Cruz is being held without bond. It is unclear whether Zachary has a lawyer yet.
Who Is Zachary Cruz?
18-year-old Zachary Cruz is from Parkland Florida. Like his bother, he was adopted by Roger and Lynda Cruz, who passed away at the age of 68 from pneumonia on November 1, 2017.
Zachary was adopted when he was two months old. The brothers reportedly have the same biological mother.
After Lynda’s death, the two boys lived with Rocxanne Deschamps. When she found Nikolas’ gun collection, she kicked him out of her mobile home.
Strained Relationship with Nikolas Cruz
Growing up, Zachary and Nikolas Cruz had a difficult relationship. A couple of days after the school shooting, Zachary told officials he regrets that he and his friends bullied Nikolas.
He explained that he felt as though “someone was trying to get” him and he was “upset about media coverage of the shooting.” The report further revealed, “Zachary stated that he does feel somewhat responsible and guilty about the incident and that he could have possibly prevented this.”
Taken to Mental Health Facility
Two days after the school shooting, Zachary was taken to a mental health facility by officials. He was reportedly involuntarily committed for a psychiatric exam.
Recent reports also suggest that the Broward County Sheriff’s Office was called several times relating to the Cruz brothers. Many of the calls related to Zachary Cruz were from his mother, relating to his behavior, from running away to hitting her.