A former high school football star from Pennsylvania is alleged to have shot and killed his older brother.
Michael Barbuto, 18, who played wide receiver and defensive back in his senior season last year at Central Valley High School in Beaver County, northwest of Pittsburgh, was charged Tuesday with criminal homicide in the death of his 29-year-old brother, Vincent.
Police from Hopewell Township found Vincent Barbuto covered in blood and completely unresponsive by the time they got to his home on July 15th.
Michael Barbuto, 18, a former high school football star has been charged with criminal homicide in the death of his 29-year-old brother, Vincent Barbuto, pictured
Vincent, affectionately known as Vinni, is pictured during his own graduation several years ago
Vincent, who was an electrician, had been shot multiple times, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
Michael Barbuto was charged after a number of witnesses told investigators how a Honda sedan had been parked up in front of his brother’s house when the shooting occurred.
It was later revealed that the Barbuto’s mother Michelle Barbuto owned a Honda sedan that matched the description of the vehicle and told police that her son had been using it at the time of the shooting.
The car had also been spotted on surveillance footage outside the home, prosecutors allege.
It’s unclear what that motive was for the shooting at this point.
Michael Barbuto, 18, is charged with shooting his older brother. There is no known motive. He is pictured here at his graduation this May
Michael Barbuto, seen here in May, was charged after a number of witnesses told investigators how a Honda sedan had been parked up in front of his brother’s house when the shooting occurred. The car belonged to his mother, Michelle, seen right
Michael Barbuto’s cellphone was also found to be in the area of his brother’s home at the time of the shooting.
Investigators say they have been in contact with Barbuto’s attorney in order to arrange for him to surrender.
The younger Barbuto was a popular football start having led his high school team to the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association Class 3A title game, according to the New York Post.
The family have set up a GoFundMe page to raise money for funeral expenses.
‘Vinni was the father figure of the family with his siblings whom all looked up to their big brother. He had a quick wit and incredible sense humor. Vinni will be remembered for always encouraging others to be their best,’ the page notes.
All of the Barbuto family’s six children including Vincent, far right, are pictured during happier times in a snap from 2017 Vincent who was killed is seen far right. The suspect, his brother Michael is seen, far left.
The entire Barbuto family are pictured together earlier in 2020