Story By: Marija Stojkoska, Sub-Editor: Joseph Golder, Agency: Newsflash
This devoted dad who feared losing his 11-year-old son has taken both their lives in a tragic murder-suicide, leaving a haunting note to the child’s mother that concludes “Andrea and his dad forever together”.
Claudio Baima Poma, a 47-year-old worker from Rivara, near Turin, Italy, shot his son, Andrea, before turning the illegally acquired gun on himself on Monday, 21st September.
The pair were declared dead at the scene.
In an extensive suicide note that was addressed to the boy’s mother, he blamed his fall into depression, personal injuries, and their breakup.
He blamed his ex, whom he was with for 12 years before they broke up in February 2019, for trying to keep him separated from his son, a claim she has denied.
He wrote: “We are going on a long journey where no one can divide us, far away from everything, far away from suffering.
“Exactly a week before you asked me to marry you, but then you started moving away slowly. I fell into depression and I never got out of this nightmare.”
He added: “It is a real shame. We lacked nothing to be able to lead a quiet and peaceful life without any problems, having a normal family and for me normal means perfect.
“Andrea and I could not be separated even a second, every occasion together was good. I could not be without him and he could not be without me.”
“You will be able to separate our bodies but not our souls, because they will always be next to each other. Andrea and his father forever together.”
The post catalogues how he fell into a depression over the last few years and how that lead to his suicide.
He ends by addressing his “fantastic mum” ex directly, accusing her of abandoning him in his time of need and contributing to his depression, then wishing for her “to live 100 years” and tells her to help the next depressed person she meets.
“From now on, [her name], you will be able to enjoy your life alone as you always wanted to.”
The post ends with a number of pictures of him with his son.
The child’s shocked mother said the last time she saw her son was at 6.15pm the previous day.
She told local media: “He should have come back to me. Everything seemed normal.”
She has since branded him a “coward” and “a b*stard”, but, said that Claudio and his son were very close.
She said: “Even in the post he blames me for things he was unable to face. He never showed any signs of imbalance but at most I could have thought that he might have hurt me.
“He saw our son every day. He was a present father. I never asked him anything and even after the separation, I chose to stay here to be close to him.”
“Between Claudio and me, on the other hand, there had been a few unpleasant episodes, but I did not think he could take it out on Andrea.”
Mr Poma’s mother said she saw him eating with his son last night and that he had not mentioned any arguments with his ex or shown any indication of his plans.
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