Clermont, Florida – A tragic incident has occurred in Clermont, Florida, as a 14-year-old boy shot and killed his sister, Abrielle Baldwin, in an argument over Christmas gifts. The Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office reported that the shooting took place at their grandmother’s house on Sunday. Another brother, 15-year-old Darcus Coley, then shot the boy before fleeing the scene. Both victims were transported to a local hospital, where Abrielle tragically succumbed to her injuries.
The investigation revealed that the siblings, along with their mother and Abrielle’s two young sons, had gone Christmas shopping before visiting their grandmother’s home. The argument escalated when Damarcus threatened to shoot Abrielle and the 11-month-old baby she was carrying. Damarcus proceeded to shoot his sister in the chest while she held the child in a carrier. Darcus, in response, exited the residence and shot Damarcus before leaving and discarding his firearm in a neighboring yard.
The motive for the argument stemmed from Damarcus’ jealousy over receiving fewer gifts than Darcus, according to Fox 13. Pinellas County Sheriff Gualtieri lamented the prevalence of guns in their community, emphasizing the severity of the situation. After fleeing the scene, Darcus contacted his mother, and later, he was taken to a mental health facility due to self-harm statements.
Damarcus has been charged with 1st Degree Murder, Child Abuse, and Delinquent in Possession of a Firearm. Darcus, on the other hand, faces charges of Attempted 1st Degree Murder and Tampering with Physical Evidence. The investigation is currently ongoing under the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office.
This heartbreaking incident highlights the devastating consequences that can arise from conflicts over material possessions. It also raises concerns about the accessibility of firearms in the hands of young individuals. As the community mourns the loss of Abrielle Baldwin, the authorities continue their efforts to bring justice and understand the events that led to this tragic outcome.