The horror of the shooting that took place at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on Valentine’s Day in 2018 was still palpable in the Broward County courtroom in Fort Lauderdale on Monday.
According to text messages that were read into the courtroom on Monday by a detective from the Broward County Sheriff’s Office called Ronald Faircloth, a few hours before Nikolas Cruz opened fire with his AR-15, he expressed his love to a girl named Angie.
According to the information obtained from Faircloth’s record, Angie wrote, “You are scaring me and I want you to leave me alone.”
The jury was informed not only that Angie had been disqualified. They were confronted with further horrifying information regarding the gunshot wounds that three of the victims had sustained, and they heard to the victim accounts of a group of mourning mothers, siblings, a stepfather, and a lover.
Dr. Terrill Tops, a forensic pathologist, stated that Joaquin Oliver passed away as a result of a gunshot wound to the head, which “caused the skull to explode and the brain with it.” Following this testimony, Joaquin Oliver’s mother and sister read their victim statements in court.