The couple who took Nikolas Cruz, the Florida school shooter, into their home last year have said they had no idea they had a ‘monster living under our roof’.
James and Kimberly Snead told the South Florida Sun Sentinel that, despite the red flags that are emerging in the wake of the attack, they had no idea that Cruz would turn out to be a killer.
They took Cruz – a friend of their son’s – in to their home in Parkland last November, after his mother Lynda Cruz died from pneumonia. The 19-year-old was still living with the Sneads on Wednesday when he allegedly took his AR-15 rifle to Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School and opened fire on pupils and staff, killing 17 people. It was the worst school shooting since the Sandy Hook tragedy in December 2012.
‘We had this monster living under our roof and we didn’t know,’ Kimberly told the paper in an interview that was published on Sunday. ‘We didn’t see this side of him.’ James added: ‘Everything everybody seems to know, we didn’t know. It’s as simple as that.’ The Sneads told the Sun Sentinel that their guns were kept in a locked cabinet (Picture: AP) People visit a makeshift memorial outside Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School
However, they revealed that Cruz was unable to do even simple tasks, like laundry or use the microwave, and that he had odd tastes – sometimes even putting cookies inside steak and cheese sandwiches. Cruz kept the AR-15 he allegedly used in the massacre locked in a gun safe with a few other firearms and knives.
The Sneads apparently kept their own rifles in a separate locked cabinet. On Wednesday morning Cruz told them he didn’t need a lift to school, saying: ‘It’s Valentine’s Day and I don’t go to school on Valentine’s Day.’ Mass killer in school rampage looked like ‘typical’ student