Who Is Agitu Ideo Gudeta
Agitu Ideo Gudeta was an Ethiopian farmer, entrepreneur, and environmentalist who immigrated to Italy after experiencing conflict due to her political activism against land grabbing for international corporations.
She established a goat farming operation using the indigenous breed, Pezzata Mòchena to produce dairy and beauty products.
Gudeta was a national symbol of environmentalism and successful refugee integration into Italian society after garnering recognition by the press and politicians.
Date of Birth
January 1, 1978
Place of Birth
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
December 29, 2020 (aged 42)
Plankerhof, Frassilongo, Italy
She graduated from University of Trento with a degree in sociology
News about her demise
Daily Mail reports that the suspect, 32, who worked on Gudeta’s goats farm has confessed to the crime following a dispute over outstanding wage.
The reports also claim Gudeta was raped while she lay dying after being hit with a blunt object.
They had allegedly argued about unpaid work. Her body was discovered by neighbors after she missed a business appointment.
Until her death, Agitu Ideo Gudeta who would have turned 43 on New Year’s Day, was famous for her established cheese business with which she had started with a handful of Alpine goats she tended on her farm in the northern region of Italian Trentino.
In the years after her immigration, she received multiple racist threats.
Employee confessed to murder
Neighbors reportedly found Gudeta dead in her bedroom after being contacted by one of her friends who was concerned because she had not turned up to an appointment.
Police arrested a 32-year-old farmworker, Adam S., who reportedly confessed to raping and killing Gudeta. He worked as a shepherd at the farm and lived in Gudeta’s house. He allegedly told investigators that he had fought with Gudeta over money because he had not received his monthly salary, and that he had then attacked her with a hammer.
Carabinieri police in charge of the investigation had initially questioned a man who had been reported to police by Gudeta in 2018 and was convicted of violence. However, he was cleared of having played a role in the murder, sources in the investigation said.
In his statement on Facebook, Union leader Rota said: ”The fact that (Gudeta) was apparently killed by a shepherd she had welcomed and helped makes us even more sad. What is certain is that we will never forget Agitu, her contagious smile, her work for a better world.”