“We tried.”The Broward County School District and Cruz’s public defender, Gordon Weekes, didn’t respond to requests for comment. She added, "the child is deeply troubled and he has endured significant trauma that stems from the loss of his mother.” Cruz told police he was the shooter.Dana was friendly with Cruz because her ex-boyfriend, who declined an interview with Buzz Feed News, was close to him. To bring you the best content on our sites and applications, Meredith partners with third party advertisers to serve digital ads, including personalized digital ads.Those advertisers use tracking technologies to collect information about your activity on our sites and applications and across the Internet and your other apps and devices.“Because we thought, oh, we’re going to take care of it,” Dana said. “Just as friends,” Enea told Buzz Feed News, though they later started dating.
I’m going to kill your family,” Dana remembered the messages saying.And for several months Cruz dated Dana’s friend who went to a different school. Still, Dana said she was wary of Cruz, because “he had guns and weapons and we all knew about it.” And when the friend told Dana that her relationship with Cruz was abusive, Dana told the friend to break up with him.The friend, who declined to comment to Buzz Feed News through an intermediary, ended the relationship.They were persistent, he said, with Cruz saying he would beat him up and demanding that he stop talking to his ex-girlfriend.Enea said he no longer has these messages because he deleted them after Cruz was expelled in 2017.