PARKLAND, Fla. (Reuters) - The families of a 14-year-old athlete and a college-bound 18-year-old on Friday held the first of 17 expected funerals for the victims of this week's rampage at a Florida high school, the latest in a series of deadly shootings at United States schools.
"The FBI's failure to take action against this killer is unacceptable", Scott said in a statement.
The president's visit to the Parkland area north of Miami came amid growing anger among parents and students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School over America's seeming unwillingness to toughen gun control laws.
"I think everyone had in their minds if anybody was going to do it, it was going to be him", 17-year-old Dakota Mutchler said after Cruz was identified as the gunman in the nation's deadliest school shooting in more than five years. "It's time to say, 'Enough".
"We have spoken with victims and families, and deeply regret the additional pain this causes all those affected by this horrific tragedy".
Just seven weeks into 2018, there have been eight shootings at USA schools that have resulted in injury or death. "We call BS", she said.
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As investigators tried to establish the motive for Wednesday's shooting rampage, students and neighbors portrayed Cruz as an often odd and hostile figure who threatened others, talked about killing animals, and posed with guns in disturbing photos on social media. Since Thanksgiving, Cruz had been living with them in northwest Broward County, about three miles from the school, Lewis said.
The Valentine's Day bloodshed in the racially mixed community about 72km north of Miami was the latest outbreak of gun violence that has become a regular occurrence at United States schools and college campuses in recent years.
Perhaps his support for the President should be no surprise: According to the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), Cruz was also a member of the a white supremacist group known as the Republic of Florida, which describes itself as "white civil rights organization fighting for white identitarian politics, and the ultimate creation of a white ethnostate so we can be free from anti-white policies and have policies that reflect our values as white westerners".
FBI director Wray said in a statement the bureau is trying to figure out how the mistake occurred especially because the FBI encourages the public to be vigilant against threats and share them with authorities.
Police say Cruz began firing into a series of rooms, returning to two of them as he continued pumping round after round at the huddled, terrified teachers and students.
And a schoolmate, Brody Speno, told the network that cops were called to Cruz's home "almost every other week". Cruz jumped out of an Uber auto and walked toward building 12 of the school, carrying a black duffel bag and a black backpack. The user wrote beneath the YouTube video: "I am going to [do] what he did".
Cruz is understood to have pulled the fire alarm before picking off his former classmates with an AR-15 assault rifle as they evacuated the Parkland school. "She's gone", said Lori Alhadeff, whose daughter Alyssa was killed in the hsooting.
"We have to start talking about it more and if people feel comfortable discussing these thoughts and feelings they might be more open to getting treatment", said Halverson. "We are hurting with you", Altamirano said.
Lush reported from St. Petersburg, Florida.