Special needs son of slain Parkland staffer gives heartbreaking testimony

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Special needs son of slain Parkland staffer gives heartbreaking testimony

They were perhaps the three most heartbreaking words of testimony yet at the sentencing trial of Parkland killer Nikolas Cruz.

A Florida prosecutor on Thursday asked the shy special needs son of slain athletic director Chris Hixon if there was something he wanted to tell jurors about his father.

“Yeah,” Corey Hixon said nervously before looking to his mother, who joined him on the stand for support.

“I miss him.”

With those words, the shattered boy leaned into his mom for a hug and began to sob.

Asked if there was a special memory he held dear about his father, Hixon said it was a simple one.

“Every Saturday we ran to Dunkin’ Donuts and walked back,” he said, ending his brief but devastating turn on the stand.

The testimony left several of Cruz’s defense attorneys dabbing their eyes.

Corey Hixon leans in close to his mother, Debbie Hixon, while giving his victim impact statement.
Corey Hixon discussed how he missed his dad, slain Parkland athletic director Craig Hixon, on the stand.
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Hixon is the son of slain Parkland athletic director Craig Hixon.
Corey Hixon is comforted by his mom on the stand.
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As he has frequently during the trial, Cruz put his head in his hands and looked down as the boy spoke.

Hixon, a military veteran, was remembered as a supportive and dedicated staffer at Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School.

He was killed after confronting Cruz during the Feb. 14, 2018 rampage.

Hixon is one of the 17 people killed during the massacre.
Craig Hixon was killed defending students during the Parkland shooting.
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Cruz has remained stoic throughout the victim impact statements.
Nikolas Cruz faces the death penalty during his sentencing.
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Prosecutors rested their case Thursday, hoping jurors will view Cruz’s murder of 17 people — 14 kids and three teachers — as warranting the death penalty rather than life in prison.

The case will adjourn for one week before the defense presents its case.

Cruz’s lawyers are expected to argue that his traumatic upbringing is a mitigating factor in the mass shooting and that a life term is appropriate.

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