Enraged family members of Parkland college shooter Nikolas Cruz’s victims railed at the killer during his sentencing Tuesday, with the grandmother of 1 slain scholar telling him to “burn in hell”.
“I’m too old to see you live out your life sentence, but I hope your every-breathing moment here on earth is miserable and you repent for your sins Nikolas and burn in hell,” mentioned Theresa Robinovitz, whose granddaughter, scholar Alyssa Alhadeff, was mercilessly shot lifeless during the rampage.
Alhadeff’s grandfather, David Robinovitz, echoed his spouse’s fury.
“It is my hope that you go somewhere to meet your maker,” he instructed Cruz. “And Parkland murderer, I hope your maker sends you directly to hell to burn for the rest of your eternity.”
Cruz methodically slaughtered 14 college students and three lecturers at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School with an AR-15 rifle in Parkland, Florida in February 2018.
In a shock verdict earlier this month, a jury opted towards sentencing Cruz to demise for one of many worst mass killings in US historical past, and he’ll now face life in jail.
Florida juries need to unanimously conform to ship a demise sentence however in Cruz’s case some jurors felt “mitigating circumstances” — equivalent to him being affected by fetal alcohol syndrome and having unaddressed psychological well being issues — had been sufficient to not ship the final word punishment.
Three jurors finally voted for all times on the ultimate tally, foreman Benjamin Thomas instructed native reporters.
Families of the victims ripped the decision after it was delivered, saying they felt Cruz clearly deserved demise for committing one of the heinous mass killings in American historical past.
Several audio system reiterated their frustration Tuesday, with some evident at Cruz’s authorized group during the emotional continuing.
Meghan Petty’s 14-year-old sister, Alaina, was gunned down during the carnage.
“This entire ordeal has pushed me to my emotional, physical and mental limits,” the sibling tearfully instructed the court docket Tuesday.
“It will continue to do so for the rest of my life. Even more so now that he has escaped being punished to the fullest extent of the law as I believe he should have been, knowing that he gets to live out the rest of his natural life. Something Alaina doesn’t get to do.”
Debra Hixon, the widow of athletic director Chris Hixon, sought to guarantee Cruz that her household would survive his crimes.
“You wanted to see the families suffer,” she instructed the court docket. “Well, no more. We will not just survive, we will thrive and we will honor Chris and the other 16 beautiful people that you took from us with positive actions and wonderful memories.”
Cruz’s sentencing will proceed this afternoon with extra sufferer influence statements and is anticipated to proceed by way of Wednesday.