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School massacre: FBI didn't follow tip on shooter

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As the community of Parkland, FL struggles to heal, a stunning admission from the FBI on what it knew about the shooter.

Posted: Feb. 16, 2018 4:29 PM

The community of Parkland, Florida is working to somehow move forward and heal after Wednesday's high school massacre.

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We’ve also learned of a stunning admission from the FBI, that it failed to follow up on a tip about the Florida school shooter, 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz.

The FBI says a person close to the confessed shooter contacted the bureau on Jan. 5 to report concerns about him, including his gun ownership and “desire to kill people.”

The FBI is now admitting that it never followed up on the tip, and did not provide the information to the Miami field office.

“This is the nightmare that you look back and there was information in your holdings that could have saved lives,” said Josh Campbell, a former FBI agent. “It is a nightmare scenario.”

In a statement the FBI director said, “We have spoken with victims and families, and deeply regret the additional pain this causes all those affected by this horrific tragedy.”

This new development comes as the families of some of the 17 victims killed in Wednesday’s school massacre are preparing to do the unimaginable: bury their children.

“I just saw my daughter, cold as can be. She's gone,” said Lori Alhadeff, whose daughter Alyssa was killed in the hsooting.
Fourteen-year-old Alyssa Alhadeff was the first victim laid to rest.

We’re also learning more about the other victims who lost their lives, including a football coach, an athletic director and young students with bright futures ahead of them.

“Jaime was such a special kid. All of the kids here are,” said Fred Guttenberg, whose daughter Jaime was killed on Wednesday.

As the community struggles to heal fresh wounds, there are small signs that life is returning to some sense of normalcy. While Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School is closed this week, some students and staff returned to campus Friday to pick up their vehicles that were left behind in the chaos.

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