February 15, 2018 / 7:51 PM / 6 months ago

Florida suspect took part in white nationalist militia, leader says

(Reuters) - The 19-year-old man suspected of killing at least 17 people at a Florida high school, had participated in paramilitary training with a white nationalist militia, the Republic of Florida’s leader said on Thursday.

A mother tries to comfort her weeping daughter at the end of a community prayer vigil for victims of yesterday's shooting at the nearby Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, at Parkridge Church in Pompano Beach, Florida, U.S. February 15, 2018. REUTERS/Jonathan Drake

“He had some involvement with the Clearwater Republic of Florida cell at some point,” Jordan Jereb said in a telephone interview about the suspected shooter, Nikolas Cruz.

Reporting by Jon HerskovitzEditing by Jonathan Oatis

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