Dark Picture of Nikolas Cruz Begins to Emerge
In a private Instagram group chat, school shooter Nikolas Cruz repeatedly espoused racist, homophobic, and anti-Semitic views and showed an obsession with violence and guns, according to a CNN investigation.
On Wednesday, 19-year-old Cruz opened fire at the school that expelled him, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. Authorities say he killed 17 with his legally purchased AR-15.
During the course of Investigating comments the shooter may have left on a now-deleted YouTube channel, CNN was added to the private Instagram group by one of the active members in it. The responding group members, who appear to be younger than 18, have refused to confirm their identities to CNN on or off the record.
When asked for comment or whether they knew about the private chat group, the FBI directed CNN to the Broward County Sheriff's Office.
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He talked about killing Mexicans, keeping black people in chains, and cutting their necks. The statements were not made in jest. There are hundreds of racist messages, racist memes, and racist Instagram videos posted in the group.
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White women drew Cruz's hatred as well, specifically those in interracial relationships, whom he referred to repeatedly as traitors.
There are no indications, however, in the group chat that any member, including Cruz, is or was part of a white nationalist or white supremacist group.
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