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Parkland School Shooter Spared From Execution for Killing 17

A man views a memorial for the 17 students killed in the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

A man views a memorial for the 17 students killed in the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

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Fort Lauderdale, Fla. (AP) -- A divided jury spared Florida school shooter Nikolas Cruz the death penalty Thursday for killing 17 people at a Parkland high school in 2018, sending him to prison for the rest of his life in a decision that left many families of the victims angered, baffled and in tears.

“This is insane. Everyone knows right?” Chen Wang, 14-year-old shooting victim Peter Wang's cousin, yelled during a news conference after the decision was read. “We need justice.”