An announcement was just made about the past of the Florida gunman that has left many feeling disturbed.
Last Wednesday, 19 year-old Nicolas Cruz walked into Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida and opened fire, killing 17 people and injuring 14 more. As Cruz sits in prison to await his fate, another court battle has ensued over the small fortune he is leaving behind.
The New York Post reported that the woman left in charge of Cruz and his brother after their mother died last year filed court papers the day after the massacre seeking to be put in charge of the dead woman’s will. A source close to the family said that she immediately then had Cruz’s 17 year-old brother Zachary involuntarily committed to a mental institution.
The boys were put in the care of Roxanne Deschamps after their adopted mother Lynda died of pneumonia on November 1. However, Deschamps then kicked Cruz out of her home after a standoff over his gun collection, allowing only Zachary to stay in her care.
A source close to Deschamps said that she took $2,900 from Cruz before kicking him out of her home. Court records show that the day after the massacre, Deschamps filed a petition to administer Lynda’s estate. If her petition is granted, she will be responsible for settling Lynda’s debts and doling out the kids’ inheritance.
The family who took Cruz in said that he stood to inherit $800,000 on his 22nd birthday following his mom’s death. He told the family that he believed Deschamps was trying to steal his inheritance.
Florida probate lawyer Robert Wolf said that if Deschamps’ petition is granted, she could charge the estate a fee for settling it for the kids, though that fee would be subject to a judge’s review. Court records state that Deschamps filed the petition on the grounds she is “caring for a 50 percent minor beneficiary,” referring to Zachary. However, a source said that it was Deschamps who had Zachary involuntarily committed on Friday.
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