Parkland school shooting verdict: Count 3 in penalty phase is Gina Montalto
Count three of 17 in the penalty phase is for the murder of Gina Montalto who Nikolas Cruz killed on Feb. 14, 2018, at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, according to Circuit Judge Elizabeth Scherer.
Gina, 14, a freshman, was sitting in the hallway working on a laptop in front of classroom 1215 when she was shot four times, according to Chief Assistant State Attorney Mike Satz.
Fort Lauderdale Police Department SWAT team medics took Gina to an ambulance and an Emergency Room doctor at Broward Health North pronounced her dead, records show.
Dr. Marlon Osbourne, who performed the autopsy, said during his testimony in court on July 26 that the evidence showed Cruz shot Gina at close range.
Gina was a member of the school’s Color Guard, and she played soccer and flag football. She was also an active member of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton Church and volunteered regularly.
Videos of her parents in court
Gina’s mother, Jennifer Montalto, delivers victim impact statement
Gina’s father, Anthony Montalto, delivers his victim impact statement
Interactive graphic on the penalty phase