Parents who lost children in the Parkland massacre are not happy that the death penalty has been taken off the table for shooter Nikolas Cruz; “this animal needs to die,” one parent said.
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“This animal deserves to die. He hunted all these people. He planned this for months,” said Mike Schulman, whose son Scott Beigel, a geography teacher at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, was killed by Cruz as he tried to shelter students in his classroom.
“The last thing my son saw was the gunman aiming at him,” Schulman said.
Debra Hixon, wife of slain athletic director Christopher Hixon, said she was “completely devastated and shocked” by the jury’s verdict.
“What it says to me, what it says to my family, what it says to the other families is that [Cruz’s] life meant more than the 17 that were murdered,” Hixon said, her voice breaking.
“Really, right now it feels that his life is more valuable than Christopher’s, and that is not true,” she added.
Cruz pleaded guilty to the 2018 Valentine’s Day killings of 14 students and 3 teachers.
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