Woman Who Took In School Shooter Files For Control Of His Inheritance

The Florida school shooter was set to become rich from an inheritance.

Parkland, FL – A woman who briefly took in Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooter Nikolas Cruz after the death of his adoptive mother has filed court paperwork seeking control of the dead woman’s estate.

Rocxanne Deschamps submitted the paperwork on Feb. 15 – just one day after the school massacre, the New York Post reported.

Deschamps also had Nikolas’ younger brother, 17-year-old Zachary, involuntarily committed to a mental facility on Feb. 16.

The brothers were adopted by Roger and Lynda Cruz as babies, the New York Post reported.

Roger died from a heart attack approximately 10 years ago, and 68-year-old Lynda died of pneumonia on Nov. 1, 2017.

Nikolas and Zachary, 19, initially moved in with Deschamps, a longtime friend of the family, but Nikolas soon left to move in with James and Kimberly Snead, after he and Deschamps got into an argument about his weapons collection, according to the New York Post.

Nikolas was friends with the Sneads’ son, who investigators said had no knowledge of the impending massacre.

“We had this monster living under our roof, and we didn’t know,” Kimberly said. “We didn’t see this side of him.”

Deschamps told the court that she should be in control of the estate because she was caring for Zachary, “a 50 percent minor beneficiary,” Newsweek reported.

If the court grants Deschamps’ request, she would be responsible for disbursing any of the brothers’ inheritances, and for settling their adoptive mother’s debts.

Deschamps could also charge an estate fee to compensate herself for overseeing the estate, although that fee would need to be reviewed by a judge, the New York Post reported.

The Sneads said that Nikolas stood to inherit at least $800,000 when he turned 22 years old, according to Newsweek.

It was unclear whether Zachary has been released from the involuntary commitment.

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kwhite5
kwhite5

First of all, the mother has not been gone but a few months. The original person that took the kids in, Deschamps, may not have known about these kids mental issues. Come on folks, the parent has been dead for what, 4 months? You are telling me she "knew" everything about these kids in 4 months time?? I disagree. I also think that having the younger sibling committed for a mental eval was an appropriate response to what happened the day before. She is their legal guardian. The fact that the older one is 19 means she had no legal control over him, he could come and go as he pleased. The younger one however is her charge and she has every right to be concerned that neither one of them is capable of handling $800,000.00. Now, if she did nothing, (not committing him for eval) you would all be up her butt and saying she SHOULD have done this or that. Legally, the woman is correct in what she is doing. What would YOU do? You won't know that until you are in the situation. Calling her a gold digger without knowing her motive is wrong.

rover77
rover77

when it comes to money, people are a sleazy bunch

RunCop
RunCop

What a scum bag!

Teijeiro2
Teijeiro2

I am a Florida native and worked in the legal field for years and I want to know WHEN THE FUCK did Florida start allowing MINORS to just move in with people? I understand the Crazy fuck who pulled the trigger was 19 (too God damned old to still be in High School) but the younger brother is a 17 year old MINOR and should have been put into foster care when the mother died. As for the money, 1/2 should be held in trust and go to State to pay for minor's care. The other crazy brother's share should go to the families of the dead and to the medical expenses of the injured.

Wilmington217
Wilmington217

F that, the money needs to go to the families who lost loved
ones and those wounded. It needs to, at the very least, pay funeral expenses and hospital bills, no one should profit from this Evil and for her to even attempt this, speaks volumes about her own dark soul 😡

Josie69
Josie69

I disagree my tears & prayers go out to all the victims & family's But by rights that money should Belongs the deceased mother's youngest child.

tomaip
tomaip

Something does not seem right. For this woman to file for control of the estate 1 day after the shooting and the next day commit his younger brother to an institute? So she has taken care of one child for 2 and 1/2 months but thinks she is entitled to their money. Things that make you go hmmmmm

Rooney1943
Rooney1943

The woman filing is not the woman Cruz was living with at time of shooting. The Snead's son has been cleared of knowing anything about the plans. Mrs. Snead has not asked for any money from the estate.

Grammamargy
Grammamargy

I agree with you. Everyone is so quick to judge this woman because money is involved. She isn’t trying to get the money for herself. She’s taking on the big job of ensuring the money is used properly for these boys she opened her home to for a friend. I’m sure this will be monitored closely and she will have to account for every penny. As far as putting the younger brother in the hospital, why wouldn’t she. I think he would need to be there after all he’s been through in his life. People need to stop judging when they don’t even know the person they are judging.

angryAmerican
angryAmerican

The money would STILL technically belong to the shooter! He would have to relinquish it!

Lamb138
Lamb138

That also means she will be the one they go after for any payout from lawsuits yes?