Tuesday, July 29, 2014         

 Print   Email   Comment | View 2 Comments   Most Popular   Save   Post   Retweet

Deputies: Florida man killed wife and kids, then self

By Tamara Lush

Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 08:58 a.m. HST, May 09, 2014

TAMPA, Fla. >> A Florida man shot his wife and two teenage children in the head, then scattered gasoline and fireworks around the mansion they rented before setting the home ablaze and killing himself, deputies said Friday.

Hillsborough County Sheriff's Col. Donna Lusczynski said at a news conference Friday that Darrin Campbell had purchased fireworks, gas cans and gasoline in the days before the family was killed.

Campbell shot his wife, Kimberly, 19-year-old son Colin Campbell and teenage daughter Megan each in the head with a.40-caliber handgun he bought last year before setting the house on fire and shooting himself in the head.

"This is certainly disturbing," Lusczynski said.

Investigators are still working to determine what drove Darrin Campbell to kill his family.

Lusczynski said the sheriff's office had not been investigating Campbell before the killings and did not know of any other agencies that may have been investigating him. Campbell had no criminal record before his death.

Investigators are looking into the family's finances and going through records found in the home, Lusczynski said.

The Campbells had been renting the 6,000-square-foot home from James Blake, a former professional tennis player. The million-dollar home was located in Avila, a gated community known for its resident sports stars and CEOs. Located on one of Tampa's most exclusive streets, in one of its most secure, tony neighborhoods, the five-bedroom, five-bath home had a pool and spa, and was graced by tall palm trees.

Campbell had been an executive for several high-profile businesses, including a stint at PODS, the mobile storage company. He was most recently working at a records management firm and volunteering as treasurer at his children's private school. His wife, Kimberly, was a stay-at-home mom, according to her father, Gordon Lambie.

More From The Star-Advertiser

Bodies found after fire at tennis star's home

 Print   Email   Comment | View 2 Comments   Most Popular   Save   Post   Retweet

You must be subscribed to participate in discussions
By participating in online discussions you acknowledge that you have agreed to the TERMS OF SERVICE. An insightful discussion of ideas and viewpoints is encouraged, but comments must be civil and in good taste, with no personal attacks. Because only subscribers are allowed to comment, we have your personal information and are able to contact you. If your comments are inappropriate, you may receive a warning, and if you persist with such comments you may be banned from posting. To report comments that you believe do not follow our guidelines, email commentfeedback@staradvertiser.com.
Leave a comment

Please login to leave a comment.
poipoo wrote:
guess he decided they were going to go out with a bang? sad situation. Can't imagine what goes through someone's head to do such a horrible thing to their family.
on May 8,2014 | 09:04PM
cojef wrote:
Sterling has problem accepting his senility by violating his marriage vows and taking up with a "hottie" and speeaking vile things to her, knowing that she is Black/Latino. In the meantime, estranged wife, in California owns 50% of the team, so the Commissioner and other team owners will have a fight on their hands to force a sale. Maybe the estranged wife would be wise to sell since the value of the team is close to a $billion. Their original investment is reputed to be around 11 million.
on May 9,2014 | 12:03PM
Breaking News