When Cruz moved into their home they had to teach him basic needs, including how to cook, use the microwave, do laundry and pick up after himself, the Sneads said. The agency acknowledged the tip should have been shared with the FBI's Miami office and investigated, but it was not.
"We had this monster living under our roof and we didn't know", said Kimberly Snead, 49, a nurse.
Cruz's new home at the Snead residence came just days after his adoptive mother, Lynda Cruz, passed away from pneumonia on November 1, according to the Daily Mail.
"They told us they checked it out", said Dave Brugman, 59.
"We were best friends", said Deschamps.
James Snead, who recalled that Cruz said he did not go to school that day because "he didn't go to school on Valentine's Day", added that the shooter mumbled an apology.
After Cruz's arrest, Kimberly Snead told Strahan she confronted the teen at the police precinct. They met in Junior ROTC.
"Everything everybody seems to know, we didn't know", James Snead said.
In 2016, Cruz was held for psychiatric evaluations after he sent out a Snapchat video in which he cut his arms and said he wanted to buy a gun, according to a Florida Department of Children and Families investigative report.
An administrator at Henderson Behavioral Health declined to answer questions and hung up when contacted for an interview Sunday.
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Chief Assistant Public Defender Gordon Weekes confirmed to reporters after the hearing ended that his team has had physical access to Cruz. "So it will happen", she said. Sure he was mentally deranged - nobody in his right mind does what he did - but being a loner and a troublemaker who loves guns isn't a legal barrier to buying one. She also "stated that there has never been any issues with other races or issues with racism in her family". "He wasn't dumb, just naive", James Snead told the Sun Sentinel.
The Sneads were "absolutely not" the people who called in a tip to the Federal Bureau of Investigation in January, warning that Cruz owned a gun and had a desire to kill, possibly at a school, Lewis said. He then received a call from a SWAT captain asking about the whereabouts of his son "Nikolas Cruz".
"It comes down to children in classrooms who are being shot", said Whitney Bowen.
"I said, 'He's not my son".
Brugman got extra security installed around his house after he suspected Cruz poisoned his dog in the dark hours of the night at least three different times.
James phoned the officer back and ordered police to rush to their Parkland home to check on his wife. "I wanted to strangle him more than anything", she said.
"I went after him. I tried, I guess". I said, 'Really, Nik?
"He's, you know, upset", James Snead said.
"A lot of people are saying that these kids are activists, these kids need to be politicians", she later told a reporter. Please don't think that. Upon learning that we were in possession of records involving Cruz as an adult, DCF immediately started the process to ask a court to allow the release of all records in the spirit of full transparency.
Borges helped protect his classmates, closing and locking a door to a classroom, according to a verified GoFundMe account that, as of late Monday morning, had raised nearly 25 times its stated goal of $5,000.
"We feel for them, " James Snead said.