2 people electrocuted by fallen power line during Hurricane Nicole were brother and sister, deputies say
A man and woman killed during Hurricane Nicole after both apparently came into contact with a fallen power line last week were brother and sister, according to the Orange County Sheriff's Office.
OCSO identified them as Kahlil Malik Sapp, 23, and Kianna Shaundadrea Sapp, also 23. Both share the same birthdate, according to authorities.
Deputies responded to the intersection of Bayfront Parkway and Pershing Avenue during the morning hours on Thursday, Nov. 10, and found Kahlil Sapp outside a vehicle. He died at the scene, OCSO said. Kianna Sapp was also shocked and taken to the hospital where she died, OCSO said.
A baby was found inside the vehicle and was OK, OCSO said. That child was taken to the hospital and later given to another family member.
Khalil and Kianna Sapp were two people who would give anything for others, their loved ones told FOX 35 News. During the pandemic, Khalil worked on the front lines, administering COVID tests – putting himself at risk to protect others. That’s how he met Isaac Reano.
"The friendship started from that moment. He was always happy and willing to help," said Reano.
Khalil started working in Reano’s nail salon in Orlando.
"He was one of those people that was always happy, positive, always willing to help. He’s the first one to come into the shop, help us get everything ready for the day. He’s the last one to leave."
Reano said Kianna was much the same way.
The twins’ mother was too distraught to go on camera, but told FOX 35 in a statement, "They were good kids. They were the life of the party. They always helped out whenever they can. Either one would give you the shirt off their back. They would do anything for you."
It’s that personality type that makes Reano think that the twins only came in contact with the power lines that killed them… in an effort to protect others.
"They would always put everybody else in front of them to help them out. So that’s why I know – in my heart, I know that he did this thinking that he was going to help somebody," added Reano.
Kianna’s baby daughter was in the car with the twins at the time. She’s okay; she’ll turn two in December.
Five people have died as a result of Hurricane Nicole/Tropical Storm Nicole, according to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and county medical examiners. Four deaths have been reported in Orange County, and a single death has been reported in Duval County, near Jacksonville.