Florida Food Fight Leaves 2 Children Dead, 1 Wounded

By Thomas E. Cheever, P.E.

Hudson, Florida -Wednesday evening 3 brothers were alone at home, when an argument over food started.  The 13 year old was so enraged, he got a hand gun and shot his brothers, a 6 year old, killing him, and wounding his 16 year old brother.  The 13 year old then fatally shot himself.

The boys have been identified as Trevor Pimentel, 16, Kevin Pimentel, 13, and Brady Pimentel, 6.  Kevin Pimentel is believed to be the shooter. This Florida food fight ended in tragedy.

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A food fight between brothers in Florida ended in tragedy

At a press conference yesterday, Pasco County Sheriff Chris Nocco says they still don’t know what led to a fight between the group of brothers. First reported, the boys fought over food. But Sheriff Nocco said yesterday Trevor and Kevin were preparing food when the argument started. The investigation continues.

Home Alone

Pasco County Emergency Dispatch received the call Wednesday evening.  The shooting was reported about 6:19 p.m. in the Sugar Lane Mobile Home Park.  Pasco County Sheriff  Chris Nocco said of the incident,

“This one’s a nightmare.  This is tough on us as law enforcement This is tough on the community.  I ask our community for prayers.”

Sheriff Nocco continued,

“Sixteen-year-old Trevor called 911, telling the dispatcher his brother, Kevin, 13 years old, had just shot Brady, 6, then shot himself.”

Hardworking Single Mom

Five people live in the house, a mother and her four boys. The mother was at work and an 18-year-old son was not at home Wednesday evening.

Helen Campochiaro is the boy’s mother. Sheriff Nocco described her as hard-working, noting she has two jobs and was recently in a car accident but chose to keep working. She was at work when the shooting occurred.

Just the day before the shooting, she started a Gofundme page asking the public for help saying she’s had to deal with divorce, theft and abuse.   Campochiaro says she’s had to sell almost everything she owns to make life better for her boys.

Responsible Firearm Ownership

This tragic event hammers home the need for proper firearm security.  Sheriff Deputies have not released who the gun belongs too, nor where it was kept in the home.

Regardless of ownership, clearly the weapon was not properly secured.  The second amendment American right to own and possess firearms is unique across the globe.  But with that right comes great responsibility.

Florida law requires, if storing a loaded weapon in the home, it must be in a locked container or secured with a trigger lock if there is reason to know that a child under 16 may gain access to the firearm.

Florida statute holds an adult culpably negligent for storing or leaving a loaded firearm within the reach or easy access of a minor, if the minor obtained the firearm and used it to inflict injury or death upon himself or herself or any other person.

100% Preventable

It’s beyond imagination to consider what could possibly prompt a 13 year old to want to shoot his brothers?  Did the 13 year old have deep seated emotional problems? We may never know. But without access to the gun, THIS  would not have happened.

Firearms are valuable for personal protection and home defense.  But if you have a gun in the home, lock it up.  Project ChildSafe  disseminates firearm safety kits (which include a gun lock and safety education brochure) through law enforcement agencies across the country.

Pasco County Sheriff’s office participates in Project Childsafe and has gun locks available free of charge for the asking.