FORT LAUDERDALE, FL (WHDH) — The man accused of killing 17 people in a horrific school shooting in Florida wants to donate his inheritance to the families of the shooting victims, his defense attorney said Wednesday.
The announcement came during a hearing aimed at determining whether taxpayers should cover Nikolas Cruz’s defense costs.
“Whatever money that he’s entitled to he does not want that money,” Assistant Public Defender Melisa McNeil said. “He would like that money donated to an organization that the victims’ family believes would able to facilitate healing in our community or an opportunity to educate our community about the issues that have ripened over the last four months.”
She added that Cruz’s late adoptive mother may have left him hundreds of thousands of dollars.
The 19-year-old is charged with killing 17 people and wounding 17 others at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on Feb. 14.
He is facing the death penalty.
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