Well, this is an interesting turn of events.
A white nationalist group is claiming that Nikolas Cruz, the perpetrator of yesterday’s deadly school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, was a member who participated in their military-style drills.
This is shocking information, and also very strange. From the Associated Press:
The leader of a white nationalist militia says Florida school shooting suspect Nikolas Cruz was a member of his group and participated in paramilitary drills in Tallahassee.
Jordan Jereb told The Associated Press on Thursday that his group wants Florida to become its own white ethno-state. He said his group holds “spontaneous random demonstrations” and tries not to participate in the modern world.
Jereb said he didn’t know Cruz personally and that “he acted on his own behalf of what he just did and he’s solely responsible for what he just did.”
BREAKING: Nikolas Cruz, alleged perpetrator in the deadly school shooting in Parkland, Florida, was associated with white supremacist group Republic of Florida & participated in the group’s training exercises, according to the group’s leader. More info: https://t.co/eTCTx1fUdP
— ADL (@ADL_National) February 15, 2018
Jereb also told the AP that Cruz may have been motivated by a specific girl. From the report: “He also said he had ‘trouble with a girl’ and he believed the timing of the attack, carried out on Valentine’s Day, wasn’t a coincidence.”
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This is awfully curious. Broward County, where Cruz lives, has a plurality of white residents, outnumbering blacks, Hispanics, and other races. Also, Cruz indiscriminately killed teachers and students in his rampage, regardless of their skin color. His known victims so far were mostly white as well. The shooter’s last name, Cruz, is also predominately derived from Spanish origins – not exactly a well-liked stock among white nationalists.
We’ll learn soon enough if Cruz was actually a member of this alleged white nationalist group. For now, we should be skeptical.
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