December 22, 2016 update: Fabrizia Lorenzo has been confirmed killed in the attack by Berlin authorities. Please see this updated post.
Relatives of Fabrizia Lorenzo in Boston’s North End are praying for their missing cousin following the attack on a Christmas Market in Berlin, Germany. The Frattaroli family have released the following statement:
Our cousin, Fabrizia Di Lorenzo of Sulmona, Italy is missing following the tragic attack at the Christmas Market in Berlin. Her cell phone and other belongings were found at the scene, and as we wait for official word, we hope and pray she will be found among the survivors of this terrible attack. We are in touch with our family in Italy, and ask for prayers for Fabrizia and all those effected by this horrific violence. – The Frattaroli Family
A large truck was driven through the crowded market at Breitscheidplatz Square in Berlin on Monday, December 19th, killing 12 people and injuring 48 more. The Christmas market had stalls with holiday gifts, crafts and food where Ms. Lorenzo was shopping. German authorities are investigating the incident as an “act of terror” with unconfirmed ISIS sources taking credit.
Ms. Lorenzo is 30 years old and a transport specialist working in Berlin. She is a 2012 graduate of the University of Bologna who worked for Bosch and most recently for a supply chain management company, 4Flow.
In a statement, Pietro Benassi, Italy’s ambassador to Germany, said: ‘I can confirm we are searching for someone and we fear for her.’
In response to the Berlin attack, Boston authorities have placed barriers and additional security at the Boston Winter market on City Hall Plaza. Police say there is no specific concern in the city, but they are prepared for a potential copycat situation. The truck style attack in Berlin was similar to one that took place a year earlier in Nice, France that killed dozens of people and believed to have been carried out by Islamist militants.
The Frattaroli family is well known in Boston’s North End for their community involvement and Italian restaurants including Lucia, Filippo’s, Ducali, Artu, Ward 8 and Il Molo.