Tuesday, November 21, 2017
Public safety

No financial improprieties found at school after Avila fire, killings

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TAMPA — There is no evidence that Darrin Campbell, whom authorities say shot his wife and two children last week before killing himself in a burning Avila mansion, was engaged in any financial impropriety involving the Carrollwood Day School where he was the longtime treasurer, a school spokeswoman said Tuesday.

Campbell has become the subject of speculation in the days following his death, as investigators search for a motive.

"As speculation naturally occurs, we have no indication there has been any financial impropriety as it relates to our school," Erma Ruffkess, the school's director of communications, said in a statement. "There are extensive checks and balances and protocols in place to ensure the security of all school bank accounts and accounting/financial records. A complete independent financial audit of the school is conducted by a professional accounting firm on an annual basis."

Early Wednesday, Campbell, 49, used a .40-caliber Sig Sauer to shoot his wife, Kimberly, 51, son, Colin, 18, and daughter, Megan, 15, Hillsborough County sheriff's officials said, then spread gasoline throughout their rented mansion at 16223 Sierra de Avila and set off fireworks before shooting himself in the head.

A private service is being planned for the teens, who attended the school, Ruffkess said.

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