The man accused of gunning down 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School last year said in jailhouse letters that he looks forward to having children.
The Sun-Sentinel obtained letters that Nikolas Cruz, who was arrested hours after a school shooting in Parkland, Florida, last February wrote to a love interest and online supporter, discussing a future that he said he hopes would involve marriage and children.
The newspaper reportedly obtained the 46 pages of handwritten love letters from the Broward State Attorney’s Office, and they are part of the defendant’s legal case. The letters are addressed to a woman named “Miley,” reportedly a UK citizen who started an online support group for Cruz.
“I also was wondering if you’d be interested in marriage when the time’s comes. It won’t be for a long time, but would you be interested? I feel like we make a great family together. With lots of kids. I imagine it every day. That’s what’s keeping me strong,” Cruz reportedly wrote.
“I really want kids. I think of it all the time, you know the joy they bring.”
Though he reportedly said in the letter that it wouldn’t be a “good idea” to talk about the shooting, Cruz wrote that he wants to name his children after gun manufacturers.
“I really want children I want 3 boys and girls, maybe more lol. The boys names will be Kalashnikov, Markov, Remington.”
Only letters to the woman were in the files obtained by the newspaper — there were none included that were addressed to Cruz from Miley. The exact nature of their relationship is not known, but the Sun Sentinel reached Miley on social media. She reportedly said she wanted to see improvements in mental health care and treatment options.
“I in no way condone what Nikolas has done,” Miley told the newspaper. “My heart breaks for everyone.”
[Feature image: Taimy Alvarez/South Florida Sun-Sentinel via AP, Pool]