The son of a mafia boss’, is currently facing life in jail after he shot his best pal who simply ‘liked’ a Facebook picture of his girlfriend.
The victim, a 19 year old identified as Francesco Prestia,, was left dead in an olive field in Mileto, Italy, with three bullets in his chest.
His killer, who has been identified as a 15-year-old Alex Pititto, the son of ‘Ndrangheta mafia boss Salvatore Pititto, known as ‘El Tio’, or the Uncle, saw the Facebook ‘like’ as a “lack of respect”..
The teenager, who turned himself into police and led them to the olive grove where he had left his friend’s body, had long suspected his friend had feelings for his girlfriend.
But when he saw that Francesco had ticked the ‘like’ button for a new picture on her Facebook profile he called his friend to a meeting in a remote field and gunned him down, reports said.
Ironically, he had recently posted a picture of him and his friend online, captioned:
“Friendship is something in the mouth of everybody, but in the heart of not too many people.”
Victim Francesco’s family left a message on his Facebook page saying: ”
You were so perfect that angels wanted you with them. We miss you a lot. Travel well, prince.”
Pititto’s family is one of the lynchpins of Italian organised crime.
His father, Salvatore, 49, his mother, Maria Antonia Messiano, his brother and his cousin were arrested in January in a police anti mafia operation called Stammer.