Bay Area Italian Americans raise money for slain Carabinieri

Aug 03, 2019 468

BY: Wayne Freedman

Two women on a couch in a neighborhood of Point Richmond. "This murder is not going to change our love for Italy." Lorraine Lombardo and Christina Olivolo are a world away from Rome, Italy, but after the murder of an Italian Carabinieri, with two Northern Californians charged, they feel right next door, emotionally.

"My first reaction is like being punched in the gut. I started to cry," said Olivolo. "I felt it go all the way to my soul. It was horrid," added Lombardo. Out of those sentiments, they have inadvertently started a movement to raise money for the family of slain Officer Mario Cerciello Rega. "I did my own thing," said Lombardo. "Went to the bank. Was successful. Put it on my Facebook page."

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