An 18-year-old man was stabbed to death Thursday night by his cousin who apparently was angry over getting kicked accidentally during a soccer game earlier in the evening, family members and law enforcement officials said. Sergio Villalobos, 18, was stabbed outside his mobile home at F & F Labor Camp in Wimauma. The stabbing happened several hours after a soccer game in Ruskin, according to neighbors and the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office.
Sheriff's officials have issued an arrest warrant on a charge of second-degree murder for Rafael Salgado Moran, 18, who lives in a trailer at the same labor camp just north of State Road 674 on U.S. 301.
The victim's cousin, Gavina Miron, said Moran stabbed Villalobos because he missed the soccer ball and kicked Moran in the leg during the game.
Miron, who lives next to Villalobos, said the stabbing occurred between 7 and 7:30 p.m., shortly after the players returned home.
"After the game, Sergio forgot, but (Moran) remembered that Sergio kicked him," Miron said Friday. "They were playing. He didn't do it on purpose."
Relatives took Villalobos to South Bay Hospital in a truck at 9 p.m. He died at South Bay an hour later. Miron said Villalobos was waiting to be transported to another hospital with better surgical equipment when he died.
Miron said Villalobos moved from Mexico to Wimauma in February 1990. He worked as a farm laborer and was involved with other workers in his camp picking cucumbers. Villalobos' parents live in Mexico, she said.
"He liked soccer a lot," she said, looking at a photograph of her cousin picking strawberries. "I'm angry."
Moran is described as 5 feet 5, and 140 pounds, short black wavy hair and medium complexion. He was last seen wearing a green plaid shirt and jeans.