New York – July 27th 2010 – A 45-year-old marriage photographer named Calogero Scimea was inadvertently killed in Sicily by a gunshot when he made the prospective bride Valentina Anitra, 22, and groom Ignazio Licodia, 25 pose for a photograph using rifles as props. The wedding party was horrified as one of the rifles being used as props went off hitting the photographer on his head killing him on the spot.
The would-be couple postponed the wedding due to pending police investigation. Col. Teo Luzi spokesperson of the Palermo police informed that the deceased photographer was a replacement since the original photographer had fallen sick and could not be present.
Possession of rifles is legally permitted in this picturesque island of Italy, which is famous for Mafia activities. They also have a tradition of firing guns during family celebrations and injuries to partygoers are not very uncommon.
Licodia’s parents have been tight lipped about the incident, which may result in criminal charges against them as the incident occurred at their residence prior to leaving for the local church.
The police are trying to figure out, if the rifle was fired while being handled by the photographer or when it was given to them. However, no one is forthcoming on this.