Florida school shooter agrees to donate brain to science in stunning deal
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Florida school shooter agrees to donate brain to science in stunning deal

Florida mass shooter Nikolas Cruz agreed to donate his brain to science as part of an “exceptional” civil settlement with one of his victims, court documents and expert opinions show.

Cruz used an AR-15 assault rifle to massacre of 17 students and staff at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland on Feb. 14, 2018, during one of the deadliest mass shootings in the country’s history.

The unusual resolution was proposed by the lawyer for Anthony Borges, the 21-year-old who was shot five times in the attack.

Florida school shooter agrees to donate brain to science in stunning deal

Former Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School student Anthony Borges shows jurors his gunshot wounds Wednesday, July 20, 2022. He was shot five times. Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooter Nikolas Cruz is on trial in the penalty phase

“I thought that if scientists could examine his brain, they might be able to determine what created this monster,” Borges’ lawyer, Alex Arreaza, told Fox News Digital. “Maybe there was some kind of imbalance that caused this that we can prevent in the future.”

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Based in Berkeley Attorney Scott Herndon, who has represented mass shooting victims, called the settlement a novel.

“I’ve never heard of anything like this before. It’s pretty unique,” ​​he told Fox News Digital. “It underscores the sense among those left behind that everything needs to be done to avoid these massacres in the future.”

The new settlement agreement gives Borges the right to use Cruz’s name in films, books and other media.

FORT LAUDERDALE, FLORIDA – NOVEMBER 2: Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooter Nikolas Cruz sits at the defense table after his sentencing at the Broward County Courthouse on November 2, 2022 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Cruz, who pleaded guilty in 1

The 25-year-old killer who is serve a life sentencecannot profit from his crime and must obtain Borges’ consent before giving any interviews.

“We didn’t want him to be able to continue to torture families,” Arreaza said, citing O.J. Simpson’s book “If I Did It” as a cautionary tale.

Herndon noted that it is not uncommon for a perpetrator to give up rights to his or her name as part of a plea agreement.

The agreement was reached in a Zoom meeting between Borges’ father Rory Borges, Cruz and Arreaza. Anthony Borges, who is suffering from PTSDdidn’t feel comfortable joining the discussion, Arreaza said.

“You could see what a psychopath he was,” Arreaza noted. “He looked at Rory after we finished and asked if he could apologize, and Nikolas apologized to him like they’d been in a car accident together. It was just very cold and weird.”

Borges, then 15, was one of 17 victims who miraculously survived the merciless attack. He barricaded the door with his body to prevent Cruz from entering the classroom, where he huddled with other terrified students.

PARKLAND, FLORIDA – FEBRUARY 14: Emma Cabak lays flowers at the memorial in front of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School to honor the lives lost in the shooting that took place on February 14, 2022 in Parkland, Florida. Four years ago on February 14, fourteen

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The once-promising footballer suffered serious leg and torso injuries and underwent more than a dozen surgeries.

Under the settlement, Anthony Borges was also awarded $430,000, which Cruz is to receive from a life insurance policy owned by a relative.

In the previous agreement, Broward County Public School District paid $26 million to shooting victims, $1.25 million of which went to Borges. An undisclosed settlement with the FBI for its failure to prevent Cruz’s rampage also went to Borges.

He and other victims have pending lawsuits against school resource officer Scot Peterson and the Broward County Sheriff’s Office.

The shooting still haunts the young man, who is glad the site of the massacre is being demolished. “Every time I drove by, the memories came back,” Arreaza said.

Ashley Papa assisted in preparing this report.