‘Hope your death is slow’: Parkland shooting victim’s parent hopes Nikolas Cruz is killed in prison
'I hope that when your final death comes, you will have the same fear, the same agony as the 16 people you killed,' Michael Schulman told Nikolas Cruz
FORT LAUDERDALE, FLORIDA: Parkland school shooter, Nikolas Cruz was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole on Wednesday, November 2, by Judge Elizabeth Scherer. The 24-year-old pleaded guilty last October to 17 counts of murder and 17 counts of attempted murder for the shooting in Parkland, Florida, in which 14 students and three school staff members were killed, and 17 others were injured. However one of the enraged victim's parents seemingly wanted an almost similar outcome in the entire ordeal before the judge drew a line to the case yesterday. The parent called for Cruz to be murdered in jail at his sentencing Tuesday.
Michael Schulman, whose son, teacher Scott Beigel was murdered during the 2018 carnage at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, said he prayed for Cruz to suffer a “heinous” end behind bars. During his victim statement, Schulman told the court that he had an upcoming birthday and ached for only one grim gift. “My hope, my prayer, is that for my birthday present I get word you are dead,” he said while jabbing his finger in Cruz’s direction, according to New York Post. “That the prisoners and the inmates you associate with execute the judgment that this court can’t.”
Schulman said he pined for Cruz to die in the most painful manner. “I hope that it’s the most painful judgment ever,” he said in calling for extrajudicial justice. “I hope that when your final death comes, you will have the same fear, the same agony as the 16 people you killed and my son. Hope that your death is slow and agonizing.” Earlier was called a “piece of s**t,” by Schulman and warned the killer of the extremity of prison violence.
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“Because it won’t be like a state execution,” he said. “Prison justice is a b***h. When your fellow inmates execute the death penalty that you deserve, they will do so in such a cold, calculating, heinous manner that you’ll be wishing the state of Florida had executed you in the compassionate way they must execute by law.” Cruz listened to Schulman’s remarks attentively and fixed his eyes on the vengeful father.
Beigel, 35, was a geography teacher who was fatally shot by Cruz after he opened up his classroom door to provide shelter to fleeing students. Another infuriated parent backed Schulman's calls for vengeance, telling the court that he would “celebrate” Cruz’s jailhouse slaying. “I think that one of the reasons you did this was to be famous,” said Manuel Oliver, whose son Joaquin was shot dead in the massacre. “I think that someone will steal that fame. Whoever takes care of you will own that fame. Someone will. You’re going to die before me. And I will celebrate when you die.”
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The father of #Parkland victim #AlexSchachter spoke directly to Nikolas Cruz's defense team during the victim impact statement portion of today's sentencing hearing.
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