A former GOP staffer who interned for Marco Rubio and campaigned for President Trump was fatally shot in his sleep, sheriff's deputies said.
Nick Corvino, 30, was found in his Kissimmee, Fla., home on Tuesday with 13 gunshot wounds to his back, head and legs, according to an arrest affidavit cited by the Orlando Sentinel.
His roommate Scott Waddell, 45, who was arrested and charged with first-degree murder, later told authorities he had entertained thoughts about killing you men.
Osceola County Sheriff’s deputies who responded to a burglar alarm at the home around 11 a.m. Tuesday were greeted at the door by Waddell, who had blood on his hands and feet.
The 45-year-old suspect, who said he was “mentally disabled” kept asking if Corvino was dead in an interview with the police.
Waddell told police he and Corvino spent the night drinking beer and watching TV before he took medication and went to bed.
He woke up in Corvinos room and said he was scared to see his roommate was covered in blood with a gun next to him, according to the affidavit.
Waddell, who said he kept a shotgun on the wall and a 9mm handgun in his bed stand, was seen getting out of bed that morning and reaching for the nightstand, according to footage from several cameras inside the apartment.
While the shooting was not captured on video, deputies believe the gunfire set off the alarms and triggered the cameras.
Footage also showed Waddell moving Corvino’s body to the side of the bed, deputies said.
Waddell also told deputies he didn’t remember shooting Corvino, who he considered his best friend. And while he had homicidal thoughts, he said he never acted on them, according to the affidavit.
It remains unclear what medication Waddell was on, although he said he had been taking the drugs for a year and thought they were working.
Corvino had most recently worked at Disney’s Polynesian Resort.
He previously interned for Marco Rubio in 2011, worked under Florida’s Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater and was a political director in central Florida during Trump’s campaign, according to his LinkedIn page.
Corvino also worked on the re-election campaign for Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi, who said she was “heartbroken.”
“Nick Corvino was a great young man who had his entire life ahead of him,” Bondi added. “He was charismatic and kind.”