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Shooter's public defender: Parkland tragedy was "a multi-system failure"

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People arrive at Congregation Kol Tikvah in Parkland, Fla., on Friday for the funeral of Meadow Pollack, 18, a senior at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Photo: Matt McClain / The Washington Post via Getty Images

Howard Finkelstein, the Broward County public defender, whose office is representing Nikolas Cruz, the suspect in the mass shooting in Parkland, Florida:

  • “This kid exhibited every single known red flag, from killing animals to having a cache of weapons to disruptive behavior to saying he wanted to be a school shooter. If this isn’t a person who should have gotten someone’s attention, I don’t know who is. This was a multi-system failure.”