Parkland shooter says he deserves to die in testimony transcript
By Christen Smith
Nikolas Cruz, 19, faces the death penalty for murdering 17 at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in February. (Photo: Amy Beth Bennett/Global Look Press)
The teenager accused of murdering more than a dozen people at his old high school in Parkland, Florida earlier this year said he “deserved to die” while confessing to law enforcement, according to transcripts released this week.
Nikolas Cruz, 19, muttered about self-harm during an interview with Detective John Curcio, of the Broward County Sheriffs Office, in the hours after the Valentine’s Day shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Seventeen people died and 17 more sustained injuries after Cruz stalked the halls of the 1200 Building, armed with an AR-15 and a black duffel bag full of ammunition.
“I want to die. At the end you’re nothing but worthless shit, dude,” Cruz said to himself after Curcio stepped out of the interview room. “You deserve to die because you’re fucking worthless and you fucking (unintelligible) everyone. I want to die.”
Schools officials expelled Cruz last year over disciplinary issues, including a fight over an ex-girlfriend he described as “the love of his life.” His documented behavioral and emotional disabilities meant he struggled to fit in after the district approved