Two teenage sisters, 15 and 11, have been arrested and charged with the murder of their 16-year-old brother, authorities in Florida said Tuesday.
Misty “Ariel” Kornegay, 15, took a handgun from her parents’ bedroom and turned it on her brother, fatally shooting him sometime before 10 p.m. Monday, the Colombia County Sheriff’s Office indicated. The murder allegedly took place in the family’s living room. A report on NBC News indicated that the 11-year-old Nicole Kornegay, Ariel’s younger sister, allegedly aided in the murder of their brother. It is unclear how Nicole was involved, however, the sheriff’s office said in a statement issued Tuesday that she allegedly “assisted” in the slaying.
The name of the slain teenage was not released.
Officials were made aware of the killing by the two girls who told a police officer in nearby White Springs, whom they “ran into” according to NBC News, that their had been a shooting at their home.
White Springs is located in northern Florida, roughly 20 miles south of the Georgia border.
Murray Smith, Columbia County Sheriff’s spokesman, Deputy Murray Smith, indicated that Ariel, the older sister, had told the officer that her brother had beaten her up earlier the day of the killing. Murray stated that investigators believe the fatal shooting was the result of the beating.
The parents of the children, 37-year-old Keith Kornegay and 33-year-old Misty Kornegay, were arrested on charges of child neglect for failing to supervise their children, as they were out of town at the time their daughters killed their son.
The sheriff’s office said that the state Department of Children and Families took a three-year-old child, the couple’s daughter, at the family’s home into custody. Jail records indicated that both parents remained incarcerated at the Columbia County Detention Facility without bond.
Late Monday, deputies investigating the murder found the 16-year-old boy’s dead body on the floor of the family’s living room, CNN reported.
A report published on WJAX indicated that the sheriff’s office visited the home on reports of vandalism in addition to a civil matter back in 2010. Sheriff Mark Hunter told WJAX that killings in Columbia County are uncommon, with no homicides having occurred last year.
This isn’t the first time Inquisitr has reported on the murder of a teenager by the teen’s sibling, as Cassie Boss reported on a 14-year-old boy who shot and killed his sister, 17-year-old Justice Toliver, over a laundry dispute.
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