Sisters, 11 and 15, With Troubled Past Charged With Killing Brother

Sisters, 11 and 15, With Troubled Past Charged With Killing Brother

In the small town of White Springs, Florida, which had not witnessed a homicide in over a year, a 15-year old girl named Misty “Ariel” Kornegay is charged with shooting her brother and killing him as he lay sleeping on the living room floor. Her 11-year old sister Nicole Kornegay was also charged with premeditated murder, and their parents Misty and Keith Kornegay were charged with child neglect for failure to supervise their children as they were on Keith’s work truck route and the Misty was accompanying him. There was also a 3-year old girl present, who did not witness the shooting and is now under the custody of The Florida Department of Children and Families.

Damien Kornegay, 16, yearbook picture (Image source: First Coast News)

Damien Kornegay, 16, yearbook picture (Image source: First Coast News)

Keith and Misty Kornegay (Image source: ABC7)

Parents Keith and Misty Kornegay (Image source: ABC7)

What had happened was that Damien allegedly beat Ariel up, then locked her in her room and went to put 3-year old sibling to sleep and go to bed himself. According to CBS, Ariel talked her 11-year old sister Nicole to unlock the door and let Ariel out. Since Ariel knew her parents kept a pistol in their room but they had locked the door, she had Nicole keep watch while Ariel went outside and used a knife to remove an air conditioner from her parent’s window. She climbed in and grabbed the 9mm handgun out of a pink bag and loaded it. Ariel then told her 11-year old and 3-year old sisters to get in the closet. She turned her head and fired at her sleeping brother in the living room, and he screamed, “Help! Help!” Ariel buried her head in a pillow for a while and upon returned to the living room, she found her 3-year old sister trying to wake her dead brother. 

According to Fox News, Ariel and Nicole walked 4 miles to Dollar General, leaving the 3-year old behind, and Nicole called a friend’s mother and told her that she ran away. When the mother arrived to the Dollar General and found Ariel with Nicole, she alerted the police. Ariel initially told officers her parents kicked her out, as she made no eye contact, appeared emotionless, and continually kept putting on makeup, but she soon began crying and confessed to the shooting. When officers arrived at the house, the 3-year old said, “he’s dead.” Damien’s body was lying near the fireplace, under a blanket with his head on a pillow.

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Ariel told police that she had suffered years of physical abuse and was sexually abused by her uncle, so she was angry at her brother. 

Ariel has had a troubled past, according to police documents released and USA Today. The 15-year-old’s uncle was convicted of molesting her in 2010. They also say the children’s mother at one point discovered the siblings having sex. The older sister told investigators that at times for years her parents had locked her in a room with just a bucket (to go to the bathroom) and a blanket, and at one point one of the sisters had been removed from school. The parents were often gone on the dad’s trucker routes and left the kids under Damien’s supervision, so the kids were hurting.

The girls may be charged as adults, as Florida has the option to do so since it was premeditated murder.

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