According to the Broward County Public Defender’s office, confessed Parkland shooter, Nikolas Cruz, 19, has received as many as two hundred pieces of “fan mail” from around the United States and Europe. The teen is being held in the Broward County Jail for allegedly killing 17 individuals and injuring 17 more at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on February 14.
Authorities say that the mail is almost entirely sympathetic toward Cruz, with many of the letters containing suggestive photos of “admirers.” Claims of devotion, love, and attraction are plentiful, as are well-wishes for the inmate’s soul. The Defender’s office adds that they’ve never seen as much mail for a prisoner – ever.
At least one person went so far as to deposit money into Cruz’s commissary account, a reported $800. Others have sent letters offering to send him additional monies.
Cruz remains on suicide watch and cannot receive mail or have knowledge of media. It is unclear whether or not he’ll get the mail once he is off of the watch.
At the same time, Nikolas Cruz’s brother, Zachary Cruz, has received six months of probation for trespassing on the grounds of the high school where the deadly mass shooting occurred. Police say the younger Cruz brother was warned to stay clear, but he visited the campus at least three times since the deadly event.
Zachary’s attorney argued that there is no evidence that his client threatened anyone.
As part of the probation agreement, the 18-year-old must wear a GPS monitor and stay at least one mile away from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Zachary Cruz is not allowed to have any contact with the victims of or those related to the mass shooting.