The Carabinieri remembered the officers chosen Antonino Fava and Vincenzo Garofalo, who died in an attack of which today marks the 30th anniversary. On the night of 18 January 1994, during an external service, near km 420 of the A2 Salerno – Reggio Calabria, Fava and Garofalo, working for the Radiomobile Aliquota of the Palmi company, suspicious of a car, they approached to carry out a check.
It was then that numerous shots were fired at them from the car. Subsequent investigations made it possible to trace the ambush to a criminal strategy, typical of the Calabrian ‘ndrangheta and Sicilian mafia gangs, which in the 1990s was particularly aggressive towards the institutions and their representatives.
The Carabinieri of the provincial command of Reggio Calabria, in the presence of the civil, military and judicial authorities together with the families of the victims, today remembered their colleagues who died in the attack. The commemoration began in Palmi, in the co-cathedral, with the mass in remembrance of the fallen soldiers, officiated by the military chaplain, Don Aldo Ripepi, and then continued, with the laying of a laurel wreath, in the motorway rest area before the Scilla exit, where the attack was perpetrated and where today the monument to the memory of the 2 Carabinieri is located. «The soldiers and their families – explains a note – have not failed, this year too, to make their presence felt, testifying to the inseparable bond that binds over time the soldiers in service, the comrades who died in the performance of duty and the families who have lost their loved ones.”