The woman who briefly took in school shooting suspect Nikolas Cruz before kicking him out wants control of a nearly million-dollar inheritance left to him by his late adoptive mother.
The New York Post reports that Roxanne Deschamps filed papers in court asking to be the executor of Cruz’s late mother’s will. Lynda Cruz, the suspected gunman’s adoptive mother, died on November 1 after a brief illness, and Deschamps reportedly took Nikolas, 19, and his brother Zachary, 17, into her Lantana, Florida, home.
But Nikolas did not stay long. Deschamps reportedly kicked Nikolas out of her mobile home after they argued over his gun collection. The teen then went to live with Kimberly and James Snead, parents of a friend. The Sneads were aware that Cruz owned guns, and allowed him to keep some in his room in a locked safe. James Snead told CNN that he believed he had the only key to the safe until last week’s shooting, when he concluded that Cruz must have had his own key.
Cruz reportedly spoke of inheriting $800,000 from his mother’s estate when he turned 22. The Sneads told the Sun-Sentinel that Cruz had told him he was worried Deschamps was trying to steal the money coming to him.
According to court papers reportedly seen by the New York Post, Deshcamps claimed in the filing that she was entitled to the money because she is “caring for a 50 percent minor beneficiary” — Cruz’s brother Zachary.
As CrimeOnline previously reported, Deschamps had Zachary involuntarily committed to a mental health facility the day after the shooting. It is unclear if Zachary had any mental health issues, or where he is now.
Deschamps declined the New York Post‘s request for comment, and her attorney reportedly said the court request was “appropriate.”
[Feature image: Nikolas Cruz/Associated Press]