Two Florida sisters were charged with murder after allegedly shooting their brother while their parents were out of town.
Columbia County Sheriff’s Office arrested 15-year-old Ariel Kornegay and 11-year-old Nicole Kornegay and charged them with premeditated murder of their older brother Damien Kornegay.
Parents Keith Kornegay, 37, and Misty Kornegay, 33, were both arrested and charged with child neglect for failing to supervise their children, the New York Post reported. The parents were three hours away when they were notified of the shooting death of their son.
All four are expected to appear in court Wednesday.
At approximately 10 p.m. Monday, Columbia County Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to the Kornegay’s home after reports of a person being shot. There, the deputies discovered the 16-year-old male dead on the living room floor.
Police believe Ariel retrieved a handgun from her parent’s bedroom and used it to kill her older brother. Police also determined that Nicole assisted Ariel in the killing of her brother and she was arrested as well.
Ariel told police she was beaten by her brother earlier in the night and locked in her bedroom. When Nicole unlocked the door, Ariel went to her parent’s room to get the gun and shoot Damien, Fox30Jax.com reported.
The two sisters then fled their home and proceed to Dollar General. Nicole called a friend’s mother to tell her she ran away. When the mother arrived at the Dollar General and found Ariel and Nicole, she alerted the authorities.
There was also a 3-year-old at the home during the time of the shooting, but was not a witness. The child was placed in the custody of Florida Department of Children and Families.
Ariel initially told police her parents kicked her out, but then confessed to the shooting.
“At first we didn’t know what had happened,” Detective Cecil Brownfield told Fox30Jax.com, “so the officer was very compassionate with the girls. They had put them in the break room at the Dollar General store to keep them comfortable. We were mainly worried about their safety.”
2 Sisters Charged With Murder In Death Of Brother, Parents Charged With Child Neglect