L’Aquila, 3 September 2023 – “I was wrong, I understood it immediately after having fired the shot”. Andrea Leombrunithe 56-year-old who shot and killed theAmarena bear to San Benedetto dei Marsi, has no peace. “I haven’t slept or eaten for three days, I don’t live anymore”. After death phone calls received filed a complaint for threats. “We’ll kill you”, “You will end up like the bear”, “Your family is also in danger”, are some of the anonymous messages that have arrived. “They even called my 85-year-old mother – he explains – my whole family is in the pillory”. Even on social media there are those who cry out for revenge. Near his house appeared a drawing on the wall. A skull with bust holding a hunting rifle. It was immediately cancelled. And so there is always someone from the family who acts as sentinel on the balcony of the house, however guarded by carabinieri.
Andrea Leombruni, the man who shot the bear Amarena: “I haven’t slept for three days, I live in a pillory” (Ansa)
Leombruni shows the point where the shot exploded, in the chicken coop he owns, where the traps with lures to catch i two orphan puppiesplaced from National Park of Abruzzo, Lazio and Moliseof which Black cherry she became symbol. “It happened here in a very small space I was stationed to see who it was, I suddenly found this bear and I fired at the ground, I didn’t aim, the rifle had only one shot”. He didn’t want to kill the bear, he swears, she would have acted instinctively out of fear. “I called the carabinieri. Now we live a martyrdom”. “You have to go through it to understand what I’m feeling,” she says again. Even his wife vents: “This violence they are doing to us is not right, the Public Prosecutor is investigating, they are the ones entitled to do it, to judge, we will certainly be punished and I repeat rightly, but why do we have to live under guard? Why should we be afraid to live?”.