Woman shot dead by ex-partner in city of Vercelli

Police say she reportedly refused reconciliation

Woman shot dead by ex-partner in city of Vercelli

Asti, January 25 - Police in the northwestern city of Vercelli said on Friday that they are interrogating a 59-year-old man for the murder of 47-year-old Albanian Donika Xhafa, his ex-partner, shot to death late Thursday evening. Raffaele Vorraro allegedly met with Xhafa in an attempt to reconcile their relationship after a three-year separation. Police say that when Xhafa refused, Vorraro removed a pistol from his pocket and shot her four times on a small side street in Vercelli, then fled to his home in nearby Calliano d'Asti. Vorraro will be transfered to the Vercelli penitentiary on Friday. A study published in December by EURES reported that 70.8% of women murdered in Italy from 2000 to 2011 were killed by the partner, an ex-partner or a lover, a number that also remains largely consistent year by year. Total murders of women under any circumstance were concentrated in northern Italy, the report said. In January an Italian priest in the northwestern Italian town of Lerici, Father Piero Corsi, sparked a row when he said women were partly to blame for the violence they face in a leaflet entitled "Women and femicide - healthy self-criticism. How often do they provoke?".

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