Nikolas Cruz, a Florida teenager, entered Marjory Stoneman Doug High School in February 2018. And killed 17 people and injured another 17.
The 19-year-old teenager got arrested just an hour after the incident. He was a former student of the school and fled from the scene after the incident.
He is currently being trialed for the mass shooting. According to reports there are chances he might face life prison without parole or even death penalty.
At the long- waited trial of Cruz, the families of Cruz’s victims were given the chance to speak out and explain the loss which will stay with them forever.
Gena and Tom Hoyer spoke out this week about Luke, their 15-year-old son who died in the incident.
Gena stated, “It is excruciating agony. I am heartbroken. I feel like a piece of my heart has been taken. My family and I will never be the exact same.”
Luke’s father stated that he was devastated by the loss.
He said, “We were a five-member family always trying to fit in a world that was set up for even numbers. Two, four, or six-seat tables at a restaurant. You can purchase two-, four- or six-ticket packages for events. These are just some of the options. Something went missing in my life when Luke died.” That feeling will never leave me.”
He also added, “I don’t know if I will ever find true peace.”
Fred Guttenberg has been a vocal advocate for stricter gun laws in the US. He said that he couldn’t say goodbye to Jaime, his 14-year-old daughter, or tell her how much he loved her.
Both the Public defender, Tamara Curtis (assistant public defender) and Nawal Najet Bashima (an attorney) were seen in tears after hearing the testimony of the parents.
Melissa McNeil, the chief assistant public defender, was seen shedding tears as she listened.
Ilan Alhadeff, the father of Alyssa Alhadeff who was also killed by Cruz, stated that his 14-year-old daughter had big dreams but never saw them come true.
He struggled to find the right words and said, “Soon she would go on to become a professional soccer player. She would get her law degree and could become one of the best business negotiation lawyers in the world. She was supposed to get married and I was going for my father-daughter dancing. She would have had four beautiful children and lived in a lovely house with a beach house. All those plans came to an abrupt halt with the murder of Alyssa.”
Cruz, now 23 years old, pleaded guilty in October to 17 murder and 17 attempted murder counts.
Cruz’s defense asks for life imprisonment. While prosecutors are demanding the death penalty for the creator of this catastrophe.
To sentence him to death, all jurors must agree.