Former Trump Aide Shot 13 Times By Roommate In Florida Home
Nick Corvino, a former Donald Trump staffer has died after he was shot 13 times as he slept in his Florida home, the Orlando Sentinel reported Friday.
Corvino, 30, a longtime Republican who worked on Trump’s presidential campaign, was killed by his roommate in their apartment near Kissimmee, about 30 miles north of Orlando, the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office told the Sentinel.
Deputies found Corvino dead in his bed. He’d been shot in the head, back, and legs. His roommate, Scott Waddell, 45, had blood covering his hands and feet but didn’t say why he shot his roommate, deputies said, according to the newspaper.
Waddell told deputies he is mentally disabled and took several medications, adding he couldn’t remember anything. He said he woke up and saw “Nicholas covered in blood with a gun lying next to him,” deputies wrote in a report obtained by the Sentinel.
Deputies say cameras inside the house captured some of the events leading up to the shooting. Waddell told deputies he’d been having thoughts about killing men but had never acted on them, according to the publication.
Waddell was arrested on a charge of first-degree murder.
Corvino’s death caused shockwaves in Florida’s Republican Party. “I couldn’t believe it,” fellow Trump campaign staffer Randy Ross told reporters. “He was so young, too young.”
Ross said Corvino was dedicated to the party and always stayed positive during the 2016 campaign and would tune out negativity.
“He was almost too nice for politics,” he says. “It’s so shocking.
Corvino previously worked on campaigns for Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi, Florida Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater and a number of local elections, the Sentinel reported.