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2015 in Review: Mystery surrounds 12-year-old's shooting death of young brother, himself

The question everyone had after Kevin Pimentel, 12, shot and killed his 6-year-old brother on March 25, injured his 16-year-old brother, then turned the gun on himself, was why.

Initial Pasco Sheriff's Office reports indicated the incident happened after Kevin and his older brother, Trevor Pimentel, had been arguing while cooking dinner, though officials later retracted that information.

Instead, deputies said, Kevin, a high-achieving seventh-grader at Hudson Middle School who friends described as "quiet" and "wonderful," was making fish sticks about 6 p.m. and asked Trevor for help. When Trevor got off the couch, Kevin retrieved a .38-caliber revolver and fatally shot his younger brother, Brady, shot Trevor in the leg and then himself. Trevor suffered injuries that weren't life-threatening.

It was unclear exactly what precipitated the incident.

Luis Pimentel, the boys' father, believed the shooting could have had something to do with his divorce and his strong relationship with his youngest son.

Pimentel and Helen Campochiaro, the boys' mother, divorced in December 2013, according to court records, and shared custody of the children. Pimentel stayed in the family home on Rainbow Lane while Campochiaro moved in with a new boyfriend and eventually into her house in the Sugar Lane mobile home park off U.S. 19 near Little Road in Hudson, where the shootings occurred.

After the divorce, Pimentel said, Kevin began to retreat from his father. He didn't do things he used to enjoy. In the meantime, Pimentel said, he grew closer with Brady because Kevin pulled away. The father speculated Kevin got jealous of his younger brother.

Josh Solomon, Times staff

2015 in Review: Mystery surrounds 12-year-old's shooting death of young brother, himself 12/30/15 [Last modified: Wednesday, December 30, 2015 6:38pm]
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