Antonio De Pace, a nurse at a hospital in Messina, Sicily murdered his doctor girlfriend after he believed that she infected him with COVID-19.
Lorena Quaranta who was only 27-years-old was found dead in Messina, Sicily after De Pace had called the police confessing that he had strangled her.
Both De Pace and Quaranta had been working in the same hospital in Sicily fighting the coronavirus pandemic and although they both thought they had been infected with COVID-19, officials later stated that neither of them had the coronavirus.
De Pace was found on the floor of their shared apartment and told detectives, “I killed her because she gave me coronavirus.”
Before her death, Quaranta had expressed her feelings about the amount of deaths Italy has faced calling it “unacceptable.” Quaranta wrote: “Now more than ever we need to demonstrate responsibility and love for life. You must show respect for yourselves, your families and the country. You must think and remember those that dedicate their lives daily to looking after our sick.
Just a month ago, a friend of Quaranta’s congratulated her on social media for getting her medical licence: “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.”
“She was a doctor who was working hard to save others. It’s such a tragedy,” Italian police told the local media.
Today, residents of Messina hung white sheets off their balconies and thirty thousand took to the streets to applaud during the procession.