The father of a victim who lost his life in the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in 2018 spoke about the gunman’s apology following the offense against him.
Nikolas Cruz, the gunman who shot up his former high school in Parkland, Florida, made a mistake on Wednesday on 17 counts of first-degree murder and 17 counts of attempted first-degree murder.
Tony Montalto appeared on CNN to give his reaction to Cruz’s apology. Montalto’s 14-year-old daughter was killed in the shooting.
“Honestly, it was absolutely ridiculous. If he wanted to apologize, he shouldn’t have killed Gina and the 16 other people that day,” Montalto said.
He added, “We saw a cold and accountable killer confess to killing my beautiful daughter Gina and 16 others. Also, he admitted to attempting to kill another 17 people. He was clearly a very dangerous man. “
When asked if he thinks Cruz is responsible, Montalto replied, “No, no responsibility.”
He continued, “This is only a small part of the theater, and it allows the defense to focus on attempting to save his life at the penalty stage of the trial.”
Montalto said he believes Cruz “deserves an opportunity like the one he gave to my daughter and others on Feb. 14, 2018.”
Watch his comments below:
“I think he deserves a chance like he gave to my daughter and everyone else on February 14th of 2018,” Tony Montalto said after pleading guilty and apologizing to court today Parkland gunman Nikolas Cruz. Montalto’s 14-year-old daughter was killed in the shooting. pic.twitter.com/RFsALgOMxq
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Cruz said the court following his guilty plea, “I am very sorry for what I did, and I have to live with it every day. And that if I am given a second chance, I will do my best to try to help others. ”
He continued, “And I do it for you and I don’t care if you don’t believe me and I love you. And I know you don’t, believe me. But I have to live with it every day.”
Cruz went on to say, “It brings me nightmares and I can’t live with myself some times but I try to push through because I know that is what you guys would want me to do.”
Finally, he explained, “You expect me to give you a chance to try to help others, I believe it’s your decision to decide where I go and whether I live or die, not the jury’s decision I believe it’s your decision. “I’m sorry.”
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