It was a planned ambush, and those who killed her were well aware of her routines. For the time being, these appear to be the certainties of the investigators looking into the death of a Calabrian doctor, Francesca Romeo, 67. At approximately 8 a.m., the woman drove back to Seminara, the town where she resided, after completing her night guard duty in Santa Caterina d'Aspromonte, located in the Reggio Emilia region. Her husband, Antonio Napoli, 66, a doctor at the Palmi Mental Health Center, was driving the automobile. He frequently accompanied her to work, sometimes only to keep her company, and then drove her home. One or maybe two individuals waiting for them along the road jumped out soon after a hairpin curve, undoubtedly knowing the couple's times and itinerary. At least two shots were fired at close range, which investigators believe leaves little room for error. Two cartridges, one a shot-catridge, were discovered, however they may have been shot with a single firearm. Francesca Romeo died instantaneously, but her husband suffered just minor injuries to his arm.
The photographs of the automobile clearly show the passenger side front hole in the glass. Another shot was fired from the side, likewise on the right. All of the indicators point to the woman being the intended target. Investigators have already interrogated the spouse, but all leads remain open for the time being.