School shooter’s brother committed to mental facility


The younger brother of deranged school shooter Nikolas Cruz was committed to a mental health facility, according to reports.
Authorities removed someone Friday from the home of Roxanne Deschamps, a longtime family friend of the Cruz brothers who took them in after their adoptive mother died of pneumonia in November, The Palm Beach Post reported.

nypost.com/2018/02/17/school-shooters-brother-committed-to-mental-facility/
The article gives the name of the friend of the mother who took the two in after their mother’s death:

Authorities removed someone Friday from the home of Roxanne Deschamps, a longtime family friend of the Cruz brothers who took them in after their adoptive mother died of pneumonia in November, The Palm Beach Post reported.

nypost.com/2018/02/17/school-shooters-brother-committed-to-mental-facility/
So more on this woman who took the two boys in. It gets curiouser and curiouser.
Alleged Parkland shooter left suburban Lantana home over gun dispute

“He bought a gun and wanted to bring it into my house,” Rocxanne Deschamps said publicly in comments that have since been removed from her Facebook page.
And Chad Bennett, Deschamps’ friend, said Cruz “chose the gun and he left.”

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Bennett said Lynda Cruz had named Deschamps — a longtime friend and a former neighbor in Broward County — as the siblings’ guardian, but she has no paperwork to confirm that. He said the family has been unable to find Lynda Cruz’s will.
“We tore the house apart,” he said.

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Court records show Deschamps filed a petition Thursday to administer Lynda Cruz’s estate.
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Lawyers for Sunrise Tactical, a Broward County gun shop, told The Palm Beach Post Friday that Cruz bought the gun on Feb. 11, 2017, then waited the appropriate five days before returning to pick it up, along with the standard magazine — but no bullets.
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A month earlier, in January 2017, Lynda Cruz had sold the family home at 6166 NW 80 Terrace in Parkland, court records show.
A person with knowledge of Roger Cruz’s probate said the sale of the home was a short sale. That’s a term for a bank allowing the owner of a home to sell it for far less than he or she owes the bank on it, just so the bank can get at least something. It means the owner gets no money for the sale.

www.mypalmbeachpost.com/news/local/alleged-parkland-shooter-left-suburban-lantana-home-over-gun-dispute/NnRFpOjnkEGAh3K5wJ2m2I/
Here’s a source. The reporting I read on Nikolas being adopted at birth may not be accurate:
Lynda and her husband, Roger, who died many years ago, adopted Nikolas and his biological brother, Zachary, after the couple moved from Long Island to Broward County.
Kumbatovich said she met the boys only once, when they were very young and attended a family funeral in New York. Lynda was a stay-at-home mom and her late husband, who died when the boys were younger, had worked in advertising.

www.sun-sentinel.com/local/broward/parkland/florida-school-shooting/fl-school-shooting-cruz-20180214-story.html
This source says half-siblings.
Unhappy at that home, Cruz asked a former classmate from the school if he could move in with him and his family, according to Jim Lewis, an attorney representing that family. Since Thanksgiving, Cruz had been living with them in northwest Broward County, about three miles from the school, Lewis said. He added that Lynda Cruz and her late husband, Roger Cruz, who died in 2004, adopted Nikolas and his half-brother, Zachary, at a young age.
www.latimes.com/nation/la-na-nikolas-cruz-20180215-htmlstory.html
There were visible indications of troubles in their home. Three neighbors recalled seeing furnitureon the curb to be hauled away every few months. The hutches and tables often looked like they had been kicked in or smashed up by someone.
www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/ct-florida-shooting-suspect-anger-depression-animals-20180215-story.html
h/t Daniel Higdon

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