After being charged with 17 counts of first-degree murder, accused mass shooter Nikolas Cruz is reportedly receiving “piles of letters” from fans praising him.
Per a report from the Sun-Sentinel, the alleged gunman behind the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting that took place in Parkland, Florida last month has been sent money, romantic requests, and other messages of support, but the material will not be read to him.
“There’s piles of letters,” said Howard Finkelstein, the Broward County public defender who is part of Cruz’s legal representation.
“In my 40 years as public defender, I’ve never seen this many letters to a defendant. Everyone now and then gets a few, but nothing like this,” he added. “We read a few religious ones to him that extended wishes for his soul and to come to God but we have not and will not read him the fan letters or share the photos of scantily-clad teenage girls.”
Finkelstein went so far as to suggest the letters show that young people view Cruz as some kind of icon, saying, “Everyday boys and girls are starting to view him in an elevated way, looking up to his fame and notoriety.”
As for the money, Sun-Sentinel piece stated Cruz was sent $800 in funds that can be used toward buying small necessity items sold to detainees.
HFlorida prosecutors declared this month that the death penalty will be pursued in the state’s case against Cruz.
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