FORT LAUDERDALE, FLORIDA: On Thursday, August 4, Nikolas Cruz’s sentencing trial in Fort Lauderdale court heard one of the most emotional testimonies.
One of the lawyers in Florida asked the son of the late athletic director, Chris Hixon, who had special needs, if he had anything to say about his father.
The late athletic director’s son, Corey Hixon, said “Yes” and looked nervously at his mom, who joined him on the stand. Corey told the jury, “I miss him,” and then he cried for a few minutes while leaning against his mother. When the jury asked him if he remembered anything specific about his dear father, he said, “We ran to Dunkin’ Donuts every Saturday and walked back. The silence in the courtroom after Corey’s statement said a lot about how bad his turn on the stand was.
Corey kept giving his mother hugs as he talked about his memories because he needed emotional support. But his mother stayed strong and comforted him through the whole process. Corey has been diagnosed with Kabuki Syndrome, which is a disorder that affects many different parts of the body. It can cause changes to the face, slow growth, different levels of intellectual disability, abnormal bones, and short height. He was seen going to court in a black suit, white shirt, and burgundy bow tie. Cruz was seen looking down and putting his hands on his head as he talked. Most of Cruz’s defense lawyers were moved to tears by what was said. Hixon served in the military and worked as a security guard. He is still remembered as one of the most helpful, knowledgeable, and hardworking staff members at Douglas High School.
Debbie Hixon, wife of Chris Hixon, said in earlier testimony, “His death has broken us up. Our lives are missing something that will never be filled. He was a great man who lived a normal life. Thomas Hixon, Corey’s brother, also made a statement through video conferencing. “Military service was a bond as father and son, and I was a better Marine and leader because of what he taught me,” he said. “He will always be remembered for his courage, his leadership, and his sense of humor.” But prosecutors finished their case on Thursday, August 4, hoping that the jury will see that Cruz killed 17 people, including 14 kids and 3 teachers, and give him the death penalty instead of life in prison. The case, which has been put on hold for a week, will continue with the defense’s arguments. They are expected to say that Cruz’s traumatic childhood was a factor in the mass shooting and that a life sentence is fair.
What is his name?
Chris Hixon, whose real name was Christopher Brent Hixon, was one of the people killed at Douglas High School. During the Parkland school shooting, Cruz shot and killed him. Chris served in the army and also taught wrestling. He was put in charge of the school’s security and the athletics department at Douglas High School in Parkland, USA. On February 14, 2018, Cruz used an AR-15 gun to attack the school. He killed 17 people, 14 of whom were children. Chris ran towards the sound of the gunfire to save the children. As he was helping some of the students leave the campus, Cruz shot him and he fell to the ground. Chris died the next day at the hospital.