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Trump campaign staffer shot 13 times, found dead in apartment

A Florida man who worked for President Donald Trump’s campaign and who had interned for Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Florida) was found dead earlier this week with 13 gunshot wounds.

Police discovered Nick Corvino, 30, with bullet holes in his head, back and legs at a Kissimmee apartment on Tuesday, Fox News reports.

The man’s 45-year-old roommate, Scott Waddell, has been charged with first-degree murder in connection with the death.

Osceola County Jail

Waddell reportedly told investigators that he has had homicidal thoughts at times about killing young men, but that he’s never acted on those thoughts, according to the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office.

Police went to the apartment after being notified of an alarm that was sounding.

When officers arrived, Waddell reportedly opened the door and had blood on his hands and feet.

Deputies went through the apartment and found Corvino’s body in his bed, at which point they detained Waddell.

Cameras in the apartment showed footage of the moments before the shooting but not the killing. Police believe the gunshots triggered the alarms, which then activated the cameras.

The cameras captured Waddell in the process of moving Corvino’s body on the bed and then staring at him for several minutes.

In an interview with investigators, Waddell said he and Corvino had spent time together in the apartment the night before drinking beer and watching television.

Waddell also claimed that he was “mentally disabled” and that he consumed several medications before going to sleep.

“He said he woke up scared and being in Nicholas’ room where he saw Nicolas covered in blood with a gun lying next to him,” an arrest affidavit reads.

Waddell owns a handgun and shotgun, but reportedly told officers that he doesn’t remember the shooting and asked if Corvino had died.

The two men, Waddell said, “were best friends for 10 years.”

Corvino had been employed at Disney’s Polynesian Resort, but it was politics that captured his interests. In addition to his work for Trump and Rubio, Corvino also helped campaign for Republican Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi.

Bondi told the Orlando Sentinel that she was “heartbroken” by the news of Corvino’s death.

“Nick Corvino was a great young man who had his entire life ahead of him,” Bondi said. “He was charismatic and kind.”

Waddell is being held in jail on the murder charge.

 

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