A 40-year-old woman died this Thursday after being shot at in front of her two teenage children by her ex-husband, who was subjected to a perimeter restriction due to gender violence, at the door of her house in the Buenos Aires town of Cañuelas.
The 47-year-old author of the crime was arrested a few hours later when he was driving his car through the center of the town, located about 60 kilometers south of the city of Buenos Aires.
The terrible episode originated around 7:30 a.m. in the Las Rosas neighborhood of Cañuelas, when María Isabel Speratti Aquino was leaving her house to take her children, ages 13 and 17, to school.
At that moment, the woman’s ex-husband, Gabriel Núñez, appeared on the scene, who, without saying a word, fired at least four shots at her, one of which hit the victim’s head.
The woman was urgently transferred to the Marzetti Hospital, but, due to the complexity of the injuries, she was referred to the Hospital de la Cuenca Alta Néstor Kirchner, where they confirmed her death hours later.
Regarding the femicide, the Buenos Aires Police detained him 800 meters from where the attack took place, driving a gray Volkswagen Suran, at which time a 9-millimeter Bersa 380 pistol was seized, which he would have used in the femicide.
According to the Infocañuelas portal, the couple, who came from Virrey del Pino, in La Matanza, had settled in 2010 in the Las Rosas neighborhood.
The relationship, according to neighbors, had deteriorated until in 2021, Speratti Aquino denounced Núñez for gender-based violence and requested an approach restriction, at which time the man left home.
The woman took it upon herself to post the situation on her Facebook account, along with the photo of the man and his car. “He attacked me and almost killed me,” she said.
“A patrolman was hanging around the neighborhood for about two months, but then, as always happens, he stopped coming and the foreseeable happened,” said a neighbor in dialogue with the same outlet.
The crime is investigated by the Functional Instruction Unit (UFI) number 1 of Cañuelas headed by the prosecutor Roberto Javier Berlingier