Italian nurse, 28, ‘strangles his doctor fiancée to death after falsely accusing her of giving him coronavirus’ – Tests suggest that neither Antonio De Pace, nor his victim Lorena Quaranta, had coronavirus
Nurse, 28, Tuesday strangled his doctor girlfriend to death, in Messina, Italy, after falsely accusing her of giving him coronavirus
Antonio De Pace, 28, called officers in the early hours of Tuesday to tell them that he had murdered his fiancée, newly qualified doctor, Lorena Quaranta, 27
Officers found De Pace was saved by paramedics after he was found with slashed wrists but Quaranta could not be saved
He then ‘told investigators that he’d murdered his girlfriend after she gave him Covid-19’
The killing has sparked a murder probe by the Messina prosecutor after early indications from tests suggest that neither of the pair had coronavirus
The pair had been working in Messina, Sicily, but were drafted in to help out with the coronavirus outbreak
Police then called paramedics because they found De Pace had cut his wrists and discovered him on the floor of the apartment, officers said.
He was saved by Lorena’s colleagues at the hospital and stunned police say he then told them: ‘I killed her because she gave me coronavirus.’
However, nothing could be done to save Lorena, sparking a murder probe by the Messina prosecutor.
Authorities are doubtful about De Pace’s story. Early indications from testing carried out last night suggest that neither he nor his girlfriend had the virus.
According to Zoom24 said a swab test had come back negative yesterday.
De Pace has already been the target of a barrage of social media anger since the news of his girlfriend’s death emerged.
The family was informed on Wednesday night they would have to hold a funeral for Lorena [photo],immediately due to the large number of deaths from the COVID-19
Killer: Police found confessed killer Anthony De Pace himself [photo], with his wrists slit after he killed Quaranta
Lorena Quaranta who had just passed her final exams will be awarded her medical degree posthumously as a tribute, Messina University says.
The family was informed on Wednesday night they would have to hold a funeral for Lorena immediately due to the large number of deaths from the COVID-19
The pair had been working at the same hospital in Messina, Sicily, but were drafted in to help out with the coronavirus outbreak.
Quaranta was originally from Favara in Sicily, but the couple had lived together for the last few months in Messina where she died, Italian media says.
Salvatore Cuzzocrea, the dean of Messina University, told Giornale di Sicilia that Lorena would be awarded her medical degree posthumously as a tribute.
Cuzzocrea said he would speak to the family about how to hand over the degree, saying it was a difficult time for Lorena’s relatives.
De Pace, who is originally from Vibo Valentia in Calabria, had just weeks ago posted a tribute to his girlfriend ahead of her expected graduation.
He wrote: ‘To reach our dreams you have to work hard with determination and you are proof.
‘I wish you to keep chasing your dreams, always live the life you always imagined. Well done! Congratulations on your brilliant graduation doctor.’
Just days before she died, Lorena had told of her anguish at how 41 doctors had died during Italy’s coronavirus epidemic that has affected more than 110,000 people and left more than 13,000 dead.
Posting a news report on the figures which highlighted how doctors had died from lack of personal protection equipment, she wrote online: “Unacceptable”.
She added: “Now more than ever we need to demonstrate responsibility and love for life. You must show respect for yourselves, your families and the country,’ she wrote.
‘You must think and remember those that dedicate their lives daily to looking after our sick.
‘Let’s stick together everyone staying at home. Let’s avoid the next one falling sick is a loved one or ourselves.’
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