An Italian nurse was arrested after allegedly killing his doctor girlfriend who he claimed gave him coronavirus, according to reports.
Antonio De Pace, 28, called police on Tuesday to confess to the murder of Lorena Quaranta, 27, before attempting to commit suicide. When police arrived at the apartment near Messina, Silicy, they found Quaranta dead and De Pace lying on the floor with cut wrists, according to The Sun.
He made a full recovery in hospital and when later questioned by investigators, said: "I killed her because she gave me coronavirus." Both tested negative for the virus.
A police source described Quaranta as "a doctor who was working hard to save others." She and De Pace had both been enlisted to help at a local Messina hospital amid the coronavirus epidemic. Shortly before her death, Quaranta posted to Facebook about the challenges medical personnel in Italy had to deal with.
"Now more than ever we need to demonstrate responsibility and love for life," she wrote, urging the public to honor those caring for the sick. She also encouraged people to stay in their homes. "Let's avoid the next sick person from being our dear or ourselves."
Quaranta also shared several photos of herself with De Pace to Facebook.
"I love every second and every year lived with you. Happy 2020," she captioned one image of the couple together at a New Year's Eve party.
De Pace also wrote a post that appeared to be for Quaranta after her graduation as a doctor.
"To reach our dreams you have to work hard with determination and you are proof! I wish you to keep chasing your dreams always to live the life you've always imagined! PRAISE Congratulations on your brilliant graduation Doctor," he wrote in a post to Facebook. "Always aim for the stars."
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