'Kill me,' Florida high school shooting suspect Nikolas Cruz said after rampage

Marsha Scott
August 8, 2018

His public defenders have said that they would accept a deal from prosecutors to send Cruz to jail for life.

Circuit Judge Elizabeth Scherer wrote in a July 26 order that "no substance of any confession that [Cruz] made to police during the instant interrogation is subject to public disclosure" - but she added that there were other parts of the statement "not considered" to be the substance of a confession.

An independent review commissioned by the Broward County School Board found that Cruz has been aggressive since he was young.

In response, Cruz reportedly said to the detective, "I don't like the demon", over and over. "It's just regular me trying to be a good person".

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.

"Because I have someone in my head who I can talk to about it", Cruz said. But he only got sick, he says.

Curcio asked: 'The voice didn't tell you to take Uber, right?' After extensive explanation by the detective, he eventually says he understands.

The suspect responded: "I'm sorry, dude".

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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". When the detective presses him as to why he's unsure, Cruz replies, "I don't deserve it". This is - don't even laugh at me.

Details of the shooting are blacked out, but the transcript is otherwise wide-ranging, dealing with the death of Cruz's parents, his penchant for killing animals, his former girlfriend, his brother, guns, suicide attempts and, especially, the voice. He said the voice told him to buy the AR-15 used in the attack.

Documents also show Cruz was left alone for some time after the interrogation and allowed to meet his brother before being sent to jail the morning of February 15. To me, it's me and then my bad side.

A Broward County grand jury indicted the 19-year-old Cruz in March on 17 counts of premeditated murder in the first degree and 17 counts of attempted murder in the first degree, and a judge entered a not-guilty plea on his behalf during his arraignment. Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty.

Curcio: "OK. How long has that voice been going on?" 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.

Cruz said the voice was talking to him while he was there in the interrogation room, telling him to kill himself. Cruz couldn't remember exactly, but he didn't want to do it. Curcio asked why he didn't. You could have stopped the demon by getting a prescription for Xanax.

According to the transcript, Curcio told Cruz that he didn't believe Cruz had any interest in stopping the demon. However, if you or someone else is in danger or endangering others, call police immediately on 111.

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