The 19-year-old man accused of killing 17 people at a Florida high school had been under the care of a woman, Roxanne Deschamps, following the death of his mother. According to a report from the New York Post, Deschamps filed court papers the day after the massacre, asking to be put in charge of the dead mother’s will.

From the Post: Shooter Nikolas Cruz, 19, and brother Zachary Cruz, 17, were put in the care of Roxanne Deschamps after their mom, Lynda Cruz, died from pneumonia on Nov. 1, but Deschamps kicked Nikolas out of her Lantana, Fla., trailer after a standoff over Cruz’s gun collection.

According to the report, Deschamps also had the alleged shooter’s brother involuntarily committed, a source close to the family revealed to The Post.

On February 14, Nikolas allegedly shot up his former high school. The next day, “Deschamps filed a petition to administer Lynda’s estate,” the Post reports, citing court records they obtained.

If the petition is granted, she would be responsible for settling Lynda’s debts and doling out the kids’ inheritance. Lynda did not leave a will, and the petition filed does not indicate what her estate is worth, records show.

A family who took Nikolas in said he stood to inherit $800,000 on his 22nd birthday following his mom’s death.


According to the report, Deschamps is the person that had Zachary Cruz committed to a mental institution.