Pictured: Cashier, 46, stabbed to death in supermarket rampage after ‘volunteering’ to work on his day off – as it emerges suspected knifeman who also injured Arsenal’s Pablo Mari told police ‘I saw those happy people and I felt envy’
- Luis Fernando Ruggieri was knifed multiple times by Andrea Tombolini in Milan
- The Bolivian had lived in Italy for 20 years after being adopted by Italian couple
- He volunteered for a shift at the Carrefour till on his day off when he was killed
The hero cashier who was fatally stabbed a by a knifeman in a Milan supermarket attack that left Arsenal’s Pablo Mari seriously injured has been named.
Luis Fernando Ruggieri, 46, was knifed several times by Andrea Tombolini, 46, in the frenzied assault that also left four other people hurt.
Bolivian born Luis, had lived in Italy for more than 20 years after being adopted by an Italian couple and had studied at a local university before starting a career in supermarket retail.
Luis Fernando Ruggieri, 46, was knifed several times by Andrea Tombolini, 46, in the frenzied assault that also left four other people hurt
The incident took place in a Carrefour in the Milanofiori di Assago shopping centre at about 6.30pm on Thursday
Arsenal’s Pablo Mari has given a thumbs up from his hospital bed after undergoing successful surgery following a stabbing frenzy in Milan yesterday
He had volunteered for a stint at the till on his day off and had been only ‘happy to oblige’ said a friend, adding that he usually worked in the drinks section of the Carrefour supermarket.
Pal Giovanna Fontana said: ‘He was just unlucky. He shouldn’t have been there but he offered to help out on the tills.’
Luis – who lived with his girlfriend in Milan – had only started work at the Carrefour three years ago after a 21 year career with rival firm Esselunga.
His friend said: ‘During lockdown, to keep himself busy he ha started studying again – he was always trying to improve his career and he thought by returning to his studies it would help.’
His adoptive father Federico Ruggieri said in tears: ‘I had him since he was a little boy, I loved him to bits and he loved me. He was always trying to make things better for himself.’
Medics wheel an injured person into an ambulance at the scene of the attack in Milan
Pablo Mari (right), a defender for Arsenal who is on loan to Monza in Italy, was punched in the face and stabbed in the back during a knife attack in a supermarket on Wednesday evening as he shopped with wife Veronica (left) and son Pablo (centre)
Carrefour CEO Christophe Rabtel said: ‘We are deeply saddened to learn of the death of one of our employees following an act of aggression in the Assago Carrefour supermarket.
‘We embrace his family, with whom we are in contact and have also expressed to them our condolences.
‘We also extend our sympathies to the families of the other victims involved . Such episodes of violence should never happen, especially when someone is at work.’
Meanwhile Tombolini – who has been in psychiatric care – has told police during questioning that he had carried out the stabbing after seeing ‘happy people’ in the supermarket.
He told police: ‘I thought I was ill, I felt ill. I saw those happy people and I felt envy.’
It also emerged that last week Tombolini, who lives with his parents, had been admitted to hospital after punching himself repeatedly in the face.
His father, who was not named, was quoted by local media as telling police: ‘My son has never been violent in the past, he suffers from depression but he’s never been violent.’