Parkland shooter blamed demons in his head for school massacre

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The interrogation began about four hours after the February 14 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland and about 2½ hours after Cruz was captured as he walked down a nearby street.

Media had sought the statement's release under Florida's broad public records laws.

In late July, a Broward County judge ordered parts of a transcript of what Cruz said to be released while excluding the "substance" of his alleged videotaped confession.

In response, Cruz reportedly said to the detective, "I don't like the demon", over and over. At another point when Curcio left the room, he repeats over and over: "Why didn't he kill me?"

The report, compiled by a consultant hired by the Broward school district, also showed that Cruz had exhibited troubling behavior as early as age three, when he was kicked out of pre-K program, having shown aggressive behavior, and had been classified as needing special education because of apparent developmental delays.

But, Circuit Judge Elizabeth Scherer said the defense didn't present enough evidence to suggest releasing the non-confession portions of Cruz's statement would prevent a fair trial. But he only got sick, he says.

"You're nothin'", Cruz told himself. After extensive explanation by the detective, he eventually says he understands.

"I'm sorry, dude", said the defendant.

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He also seems unable to recall what city he was born in or the name of the friend he had temporarily been living with, although he does ask whether the friend is "okay". "I do not deserve it", Cruz remarked.

The State Attorney's Office has released the transcripts of the interrogation from the day of the shooting.

Cruz told Curcio that he had tried to kill himself twice before the shootings, once by ingesting almost an entire bottle of Advil (which he said he later threw up) and another by drinking vodka and tequila (which purportedly made him pass out). Twice when Curcio left the room, Cruz, 19, cursed at himself and said that he wanted to die, he deserved to die. Cruz has been charged with 34 counts of premeditated murder and attempted murder. The voice, Cruz told Curcio, gave him instructions: "Burn".

Detective asked if he was expelled "I just stopped going and then transferred me".

He tried to overdose on ibuprofen after the death of his mother in November.He told Curcio the voice appeared after his father died about 15 years ago but got worse after his mother died in November.

Instead, Michael J. Satz, the state attorney, is seeking the death penalty. Sometimes, he would cut himself, Cruz said, including on the morning of the shooting, when took a blunt knife to himself at a lake where he had gone fishing.

"What do you think Mom would think right now if she was", Zachary Cruz asked his brother, leaving the sentence unfinished. He told Curcio he was depressed and lonely.

The review of the district's conduct found that key missteps were made in handling Cruz's significant and well-documented special needs, including a failure to provide him with a full range of therapeutic services during his time at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

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