Police investigating innocent man shot dead 'by would-be Camorra hitman in mafia baptism'
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A 56-year-old man was reportedly shot dead in what’s been described as a ‘Camorra mafia killer’s baptism’.
Valet Davide Fogler’s body was found in a room in Bagnoli, Naples, on 31 July. Fogler was discovered in a room overlooking a local street and it’s thought he was shot in broad daylight.
Investigators initially ruled the victim’s death as an accident, thinking Fogler had hit his head on furniture before collapsing, however an autopsy revealed he was in fact murdered.
Reporting on Fogler’s death, a number of Italian papers suggested the shooting was a 'killer's baptism' and that the assailant may have carried out the crime as a ‘sort of test’ in a bid to ‘gain experience with a weapon’, MailOnline reports.
The outlet also notes that police have not received any tips about Fogler’s death and that the former valet was not involved in organised crime prior to his killing.
Italy’s Today Chronicle reported Fogler was hit at close range while Fanpage described the man as ‘a ghost who had an apartment but lived like a homeless man’.
UNILAD has contacted Naples Police for comment.
Naples mafia organisations are known as the Camorra, and earlier this year it was reported that younger Camorra members had angered older Naples mafiosi by flaunting their lavish lifestyles on social media.
Younger gangsters have started taking to social media sites like TikTok to flaunt their eye-wateringly expensive possessions.
Marcello Ravveduto, a modern history professor at the University of Salerno and an expert on mafia communication, explained to The Times that social media has provided young gangsters with a ‘direct way to speak up about their lives’ for the first time.
Ravveduto explained: “The Camorra has the youngest members of Italy’s mafias and they love TikTok because it’s so quick and has less rules than other platforms.
"The Camorra has followed the Mexican Narcos, who are keen users of TikTok, while gypsy criminals in Rome are also using it.”
He added: "What is needed now is better teamwork between the police and TikTok to keep a better eye on these people."
Like other crime organisations, the Camorra have also used social media to make threats to rival gangs and authorities in recent years.
One TikToker – thought to be linked to the Carillo-Perfetto clan – threatened police following the murder of a man, saying: “We are giving you a week to arrest them or we will raise hell against them.”
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