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'We Can't Make Sense Of This:' Florida Woman Found Dead Inside Merritt Island Home

Alicia Campitelli was found dead inside her apartment in Merritt Island on Saturday, reportedly shot to death.

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Police have launched an investigation after a woman who worked in a Florida tattoo shop was found dead in her home over the weekend, they announced on Sunday. 

Alicia Campitelli, 35, was found dead inside her apartment on Saturday at approximately 11:15 by Brevard County Sheriff’s deputies responding to a call about a deceased person in the Schoolhouse Lane residence. Campitelli was pronounced dead at the scene, the department said in a statement

While police did not indicate the manner of her death or any details that a crime had taken place, local station WKMG reported that she was shot and robbed, citing dispatchers. 

Campitelli, who Florida Today reported specialized in body piercing at DaVinci Tattoo and Piercing in Merritt Island, has inspired a hashtag #Justice4Red as colleagues, family, and friends mourn the woman and search for answers about her death. 

"Most of you may know by now my daughter Alicia was taken from us brutally yesterday," Phil Campitelli, her father, wrote on Facebook on Sunday. "Our hearts are broken & we can't make sense of this. We don't understand why anyone would harm our beautiful, generous, loving girl."

McDermott told Florida Today that Campitelli was a staunch advocate for mental health and addiction recovery in the community. 

"She was proudly over five years clean and encouraged many others over the years to get clean. She was incredibly positive and quick to let things go, as she always cared about others," she said.

The investigation is ongoing and deputies are conducting interviews and looking at evidence from the scene which seems to indicate Campitelli’s death was an isolated incident. No arrests have been made.  

A call placed to the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office by Oxygen.com on Wednesday afternoon was not immediately returned. 

Anyone who may have information about this death investigation is asked to please call Agent Carmen Minthorn of the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office Homicide Unit at 321-633-8413  or CRIMELINE at 1-800-423-TIPS (8477). All calls to CRIMELINE are confidential and callers can remain anonymous and be eligible for a reward.

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