By: Kyle James | 02-18-2018 | News
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Father Who Opened Home To Florida Gunman Struggles With Mass Shooting

One father in Florida says he is struggling to cope with the mass killing after he took in the Florida school shooter when his mother died. James Snead said Friday, "We are going through a lot. We are hurting right now."

It was the first time Snead spoke out publicly since the shooting when 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz murdered 17 of his former classmates and teachers at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland.

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<span style="margin-top:15px;rgba(42,51,6,0.7);font-size:12px;">James and Kimberly Snead Credit: James Snead | Facebook</span>

The Snead family welcomed Cruz into their home after his mother died of sudden complications of the flu last November. "They had no idea that this kid was capable of this," the family's attorney Jim Lewis said.

"They were just trying to give him a place to live, and now the world has gone crazy." The Sneads say they allowed Cruz to keep his semi-automatic AR-15 rifle in his bedroom on the condition it is kept in a lockbox.

The gunman was suffering from depression and was devastated by the death of his mother. The Snead's family lawyer also said there saw no indication he was planning to commit violence. "They didn’t see anything," Lewis said.

Cruz was placed on suicide watch at the county jail Thursday after he was ordered held without bond for 17 counts of premeditated murder.

Cruz's defense attorney described him as "an emotionally broken young man."

A public defend named Gordon Weekes said, "He has been through a lot of trauma. He has suffered significant mental illness and significant mental trauma."

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Anonymous No. 18692 2018-02-18 : 05:47

Terribly sad, I couldn't imagine how those people must feel. They did a kindness for that young man by allowing him in their home and he repaid it in the worst way imaginable.

Anonymous No. 18694 2018-02-18 : 06:09

Who cares if he repaid them?

The entire point of kindness and humanitarianism is that you offer your good and expect nothing in return. They just got the bad end of the stick

Anonymous No. 18698 2018-02-18 : 06:54

Like you said "expect nothing in return" not the shit storm that will become of the kind family's existence at least for the foreseeable future.

Terrence Cortcoran No. 18710 2018-02-18 : 10:09

Why allow a AR-15 in UR house.

They should be prosecuted for Murder. And I'm a kind Man. What's next. They were harboring guns

Terrence Corcoran No. 18711 2018-02-18 : 10:12

Military Service. U didn't spot.

Congrats. UR soul will pay. Have a nice weekend. Decorated, my ass, UR a looser. AR-15 in UR house. Hope U choke on dog shit. Veteran U Coward

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