CNN is reporting the findings of a private Instagram group chat, where Parkland shooter Nikolas Cruz repeatedly expressed racist, homophobic and anti-Semitic views and displayed an obsession with violence and guns.
On Feb. 14, 2018, 19-year-old Cruz opened fire at the school that expelled him, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. Authorities say he killed 17 with his legally purchased AR-15.
In the private Instagram chat group called “Murica (American flag emoji) (eagle emoji) great” — a group named by Cruz — racism, anti-semitism and homophobia were constant themes.
Cruz said he hated black people simply because they were black; Cruz hated Jews because he believed they wanted to destroy the world. After one member expressed their hatred for gay people, Cruz agreed, saying, “Shoot them in the back of head.”
The hatred he and others in the group expressed met little resistance from other members. In one part of the chat, Cruz wrote that he hated, “jews, ni*gers, immigrants.”
CNN reports, “He talked about killing Mexicans, keeping black people in chains and cutting their necks. There are hundreds of racist messages, racist memes and racist Instagram videos posted in the group.”
“One member even joked about Cruz’s particular venomousness, saying that although he hated black people, too, he didn’t get ‘to a point I wanna kill the (sic) like nick.'”
In his first message to the chat group, the Parkland shooter bragged about writing a letter to U.S. President Donald Trump and receiving a response. CNN reached out to the White House for comment about any correspondence to and from Cruz, but the news network hasn’t heard back.
“He seemed nice but also had some mental issues,” one Instagram chat group member told CNN. “All (I know) is that he likes guns and really hates liberals.”