The garage door opens under the July sun, a Gray Dot climbs the ramp and speeds away: on board, the faces a mask of pain with the signs of the first of many sleepless nights, are the parents of Patrizio and Edoardo Baltieri, aged 28 and 24. It was their father who found them shot dead when he was coming home around 7:00 p.m. Saturday at the family apartment on the first floor of a building in via Brigata Piemonte, a quiet residential neighborhood in the western suburbs of Verona: the body of the youngest, Edoardo, was found in the entrance, that of Patrizio lying in the bedroom.
The prosecutor on duty, the assistant prosecutor Carlo Boranga, has ordered the autopsy of the corpses, but there is no doubt: It’s a murder-suicide. TO patrick was the shooter, who turned 28 on June 29: first against his brother Edoardo, four years younger, then against himself. to kill his brother she fired three shots at him in the chest with a duly registered pistol: in effect he had a firearms license, taken out to go practice at the shooting range. He also had a rifle.of those used for clay pigeon shooting: it was with this who, after locking himself in his room, he took his own life.
The investigations are entrusted to the Verona flying squad, which went to the scene with Deputy Commissioner Gerolamo Lacquaniti, but for the investigators – who have listened to parents and neighbors to understand what happened – there is little to investigate: the case, from the judicial point of view, is effectively closed. On Saturday night, the father found the body of his youngest son at the entrance to the apartment, initially thinking of illness. It was the Suem 118 personnel who noticed the bullet holes. At that moment, the man went to the other son’s room, which was locked: at first it was feared that he had barricaded himself armed inside, but the father, breaking down the door, discovered his body.
The reason for the gesture is inexplicable
What remains unexplained for the moment is what he triggered in Patrizio’s mind to push him to kill his brother: a fight? One word too many? The Baltieris are what one would call a normal family. but which, already before Saturday, had been marked by an enormous drama: eldest son Leo died of leukemia about five years ago. It was he – say those who knew him – who acted as the glue with the other two brothers, who did not have a great relationship and tended to ignore each other. But there had been no alarm bells.
A life locked up at home
Edoardo hadn’t finished high school and now worked as a bartender in some downtown clubs. as for Patrick, had graduated from Maffei Classical High School and then enrolled in university studying mathematics, but apparently had not finished his studies; According to some people he had become something of a “recluse”, but for the acquaintances he was just an introverted but normal boy. The fact is that no psychiatric diagnosis had ever been made against him. And the two brothers are uncensored: Never any report against him, no bad company.. Even the neighbors are visibly shocked: many know the father well, already retired after a life as a bank employee, and the housewife mother, already marked by that terrible mourning that she now returns, amplified. “A family drama in the true sense of the word,” explains a researcher. What two parents who had three children will have to deal with and will soon be forced to bury all three.