The parents of 14-year-old shooting victim Jamie Guttenberg previously announced that they would not be making statements during the two-day sentencing trial. However, due to unruly outburst and what the court felt as inappropriate behavior from the defense council, the parents decided to address their daughter’s murderer on the final day in court.
“You shouldn’t be sitting there with a mask on your face,” Jennifer Guttenberg, Jamie’s mother, said to Cruz in her statement. “It’s disrespectful, for you to be hiding your expressions under your mask, when we the families are sitting here talking to you.”
The emotional address to Cruz resulted in him removing the mask he wore throughout the trial.
Another parent, Max Schachter, the father of shooting victim Alex Schachter, delivered a scathing statement to Cruz that represented the agony that the families had to endure since the devastating mass shooting.