Son of lieutenant governor's chief of staff dies in apparent accidental shooting
Posted September 22, 2022 6:42 p.m. EDT
Updated September 22, 2022 11:37 p.m. EDT
Willow Springs, N.C. — The Wake County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the death of a young man, who family members said shot himself by accident.
Jake LiVecchi, 20, is the son of Brian LiVecchi, the chief of staff and general counsel for Lt. Gov. Mark Robinson.
The elder LiVecchi released a statement to WRAL News saying he is heartbroken over the sudden loss.
On Sept. 16, Wake County deputies said Jake LiVecchi died after a shooting inside a home on Lautenberg Lane in Willow Spring. Family members said he was hanging out with a friend when the gun went off.
“Our son … died tragically from an accidental gunshot wound,” said Lauren Coker, Jake LiVecchi’s mom. “Jake was unaware that the gun was loaded and had no intention to harm himself.
“We are devastated by this loss and would appreciate privacy for his family and friends as we grieve our beautiful son.”
In 2017, Jake LiVecchi appeared on WRAL News when the Boy Scouts awarded him a national Medal of Merit for saving his younger brother from drowning in Lake Jordan.
“We are just grieving,” Brian LiVecchi said of his son. “[Jake] was a good man.”
At the time of the shooting, Brian LiVecchi said he was sleeping upstairs.
Neither Brian LiVecchi nor the Wake County Sheriff’s Office have said who owned the gun used in the shooting.
David Lawrence Coker, Jake LiVecchi’s stepfather, posted a tribute on Facebook, saying: "Your life was too short….and we just want you to come back. But we are so grateful to have had you, a precious gift, a loving boy, and a kind, tender hearted young man, even if for just a short period of time."
A memorial celebration for Jake LiVecchi is set for 1:30 p.m. Sunday at Cardinal Charter Academy in Angier.
Meanwhile, the Wake County Sheriff’s Office said it continues to investigate the circumstances surrounding the shooting.