Italian football is in mourning Tuesday after it was revealed that referee Daniele De Santis and his fiancée were murdered at their Lecce home, according to a report from La Repubblica.
Details of the details of the incident are not yet known, but early reports from Italy suggest that De Santis, 33, and his fiancée Eleonora Manta, 30, were stabbed to death at their home on Monday.
Preliminary reports also suggest multiple people saw a man run off the scene with a knife.
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A body is said to have been found on the stairs of the apartment complex and another in her home.
Police have opened an investigation into the double homicide but have yet to officially identify a suspect and investigate the scene further. However, initial reports suggest that the police are looking for a man who appears to be around 60 years old.
The investigation will initially focus on CCTV footage from the area, and it has also been reported that the suspect tried to hide his face, suggesting the incident was deliberate.
We are shocked after knowing that 33-year-old Italian Serie C referee Daniele De Santis from Lecce was murdered with his girlfriend last night. May they rest in peace. pic.twitter.com/CgDxqWIGyi
– Law 5 – The Ref (@ Law5_TheRef) September 22, 2020
“I am shocked by this tragedy,” said Marcello Nicchi, head of the Italian Referees Association, in translation to Gazzetto.
“We still know very little about the case. I can say that we are in close contact with the family and everyone in the section [of the association]. “
De Santis, who became referee in 2017, has played around 130 matches in Serie C and Serie D – the third and fourth stages of Italian domestic football.
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