Nikolas Cruz: Remembering the 17 victims of the Parkland school shooting
Seventeen students and staff were killed by Nikolas Cruz in the 2018 Stoneman Douglas massacre. In 2022, jurors recommended life in prison without parole for the Parkland shooter.
Nikolas Cruz, then 19 and now 24, pleaded guilty in 2021 to killing 17 people and wounding 17 others at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on Feb. 14, 2018. The stories of the victims' own execution were retold in graphic detail over the course of the three-month trial.
On Oct. 13, 2022, jurors recommended Cruz be sentenced to life in prison without parole. The panel of seven men and five women deliberated for little more than a day before handing up the recommendation. Sentencing will happen Nov. 1.
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The killings upended the lives of those left in Cruz's wake.
In Cruz's sentencing trial survivors shared stories of gunshots and bloodshed. Each told from a different angle: a teacher scrambling to lock his door, a student shielding herself with textbooks. The jury watched videos of the attack and horrifying audio played over courtroom speakers.
Here we remember the Parkland school shooting victims: