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Pictured: Cashier, 46, stabbed to death in Milan rampage after 'volunteering' to work on day off'

Luis Fernando Ruggieri, 46, was stabbed multiple times by Andrea Tombolini, 46, in the frantic assault which also injured four others.

Pictured: The cashier, 46, stabbed to death in a supermarket rampage after ‘volunteering’ to work on his day off – as it appears a suspected knife which also injured Pablo Arsenal husband told police ‘I saw these happy people and felt envy’

  • Luis Fernando Ruggieri was stabbed multiple times by Andrea Tombolini in Milan
  • The Bolivian had lived in Italy for 20 years after being adopted by an Italian couple
  • He volunteered for a shift at Crossroads until his day off when he was killed

The hero cashier who was fatally stabbed by a knife in an attack at a Milan supermarket that seriously injured Arsenal’s Pablo Mari has been named.

Luis Fernando Ruggieri, 46, was stabbed multiple times by Andrea Tombolini, 46, in the frantic assault which also injured four others.

Luis, born in Bolivia, had lived in Italy for more than 20 years after being adopted by an Italian couple and studied at a local university before starting a career in retail.

Luis Fernando Ruggieri, 46, was stabbed multiple times by Andrea Tombolini, 46, in the frantic assault which also injured four others.

Luis Fernando Ruggieri, 46, was stabbed multiple times by Andrea Tombolini, 46, in the frantic assault which also injured four others.

The incident happened at a Carrefour in the Milanofiori di Assago shopping center around 6:30 p.m. Thursday.

The incident happened at a Carrefour in the Milanofiori di Assago shopping center around 6:30 p.m. Thursday.

Arsenal's Pablo Mari gave a thumbs up from his hospital bed after undergoing successful surgery following a stabbing spree in Milan yesterday

Arsenal’s Pablo Mari gave a thumbs up from his hospital bed after undergoing successful surgery following a stabbing spree in Milan yesterday

He had volunteered for a checkout on his day off and was only “happy to oblige”, a friend said, adding that he usually worked in the drinks section of the Carrefour supermarket.

Pal Giovanna Fontana said: “He was just unlucky. He shouldn’t have been there, but he offered to help out at the tills.

Luis – who lived with his girlfriend in Milan – only started working at Carrefour three years ago after a 21-year career at rival Esselunga.

His friend said: ‘During the lockdown, to keep busy, he started studying again – he was always trying to improve his career and he thought going back to school would help him.

His adoptive father Federico Ruggieri said in tears: ‘I’ve had him since he was a little boy, I loved him to bits and he loved me. He was always trying to make things better for himself.

Doctors transport an injured person in an ambulance to the scene of the attack in Milan

Doctors transport an injured person in an ambulance to the scene of the attack in Milan

Pablo Mari (right), an Arsenal defender on loan at Monza in Italy, was punched in the face and stabbed in the back in a knife attack at a supermarket on Wednesday night while out shopping with his wife Veronica (left) and her son Pablo (center)

Pablo Mari (right), an Arsenal defender on loan at Monza in Italy, was punched in the face and stabbed in the back in a knife attack at a supermarket on Wednesday night while out shopping with his wife Veronica (left) and her son Pablo (center)

Carrefour CEO Christophe Rabtel said: “We are deeply saddened to learn of the death of one of our employees following an act of aggression in the Assago Carrefour supermarket.

“We embrace his family, with whom we are in contact, and have also expressed our condolences to them.

“We also send our condolences to the families of the other victims involved. Such episodes of violence should never happen, especially when someone is at work.

Meanwhile, Tombolini – who was undergoing psychiatric treatment – told police during questioning that he stabbed after seeing “happy people” at the supermarket.

He told police: ‘I thought I was sick, I felt bad. I saw these happy people and I felt envy.

It also emerged that last week Tombolini, who lives with his parents, was admitted to hospital after repeatedly punching himself in the face.

His father, who has not been named, was quoted by local media as having told police: “My son has never been violent in the past, he has depression but he has never been violent .”

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