The son of a mafia boss’ is facing life in jail for gunning down his best friend who simply ‘liked’ a Facebook picture of his girlfriend.
Victim Francesco Prestia, 19, was left dead in an olive field in Mileto, Italy, with three bullets in his chest.
His killer has been named in Italian media as 15-year-old Alex Pititto, the son of ‘Ndrangheta mafia boss Salvatore Pititto, known as ‘El Tio’, or the Uncle.
Pititto saw the Facebook ‘like’ as a “lack of respect”, according to local media reports.
He is reported to have turned himself into police and led them to the olive grove where he had left his friend’s body.
Local media reports that the teenage mobster 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: