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Florida Shooter's Family Friend Tried to Take Over Dead Mother's Estate One Day After Massacre

By TheBlast Staff

A longtime family friend and ex-caregiver for the deranged man that gunned down 17 innocent people at a Florida high school filed court documents hours after the attack in an apparent move to keep the killer's younger brother safe from getting cleaned out after the victims and their families eventually move to collect damages.

According to documents obtained by The Blast, Rocxanne Deschamps filed a petition to become the administrator for the estate of Lynda Cruz, who died due to complications from pneumonia last November.

Lynda was the adopted mother to 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz and 17-year-old Zachary Cruz. Deschamps had been caring for the boys in Lantana, FL until a reported argument with Nikolas over keeping a firearm in the house led to him leaving and crashing at a friend's house.

Deschamps filed the document on February 15, one day after the deadly shooting at Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School, and lists that she is a "family friend who is over 18 who is caring for a 50% minor beneficiary." It appears Deschamps is trying to make a play to keep Zachary's part of his mother's estate separate from Nikolas and therefore not responsible for any financial damages that will surely be filed by the families of the victims, as well as those that survived with injuries.

There are also reports that Zachary was involuntarily committed to a mental health facility following his brother's attack, so he may not be in a position to handle his own affairs.

A lawyer for Rocxanne tells us "It's simply a probate filing to establish an administrator of the estate," but would not comment on the timing of the filing so soon after the murders.

As of now, there do not appear to be any filings from Cruz' victims.

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