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A Florida man was shot and killed after he asked if his bulletproof vest worked


Joaquín Mendez, 23, found an old bulletproof vest in his Tampa home on Saturday and asked aloud if it still worked.

His cousin, Alexandro Garibaldi, pulled out a gun, said, "Let's see," and shot him in the chest. Mendez died that day,  according to WESH.

Garibaldi was charged with manslaughter and being a felon in possession of a firearm, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office.

Alexandro Garibaldi.jpeg

Here's a look at Garibaldi, courtesy of the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office.

Folks in the Twitterverse were not exactly sympathetic.

Not bulletproof forever

Bulletproof vests aren't bulletproof forever.  BulletSafe says  its vests generally last about five years, but hasn't seen scientific data.

"No one has run tests to determine if this is true," information on the site reads.

Vests can also become less useful if they're shot multiple times in the same place, left out in the sun or allowed to get wet. It's not clear what happened to the vest Mendez wore.

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