Man arrested for ‘stabbing co-worker to death after she refused to date him’

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Augstin Lucas Mariani, 20, faces second-degree murder charges after Delfina Pan, 28, was killed in Miami, Florida. They both worked at the Kansas Bar and Grill restaurant in South Beach

A man stabbed a co-worker to death after she rejected his advances, it has been reported.

Augstin Lucas Mariani, 20, faces second-degree murder charges after Delfina Pan, 28, was killed in Miami, Florida.

Delfina, who moved to Florida from Argentina two years ago, refused to date Mariani, the Miami Herald reported.

Mariani “arrived at the victim’s apartment, uninvited and waited for the victim”, according to the Miami Beach police report.

When Delfina came home, Mariani asked to speak to her inside her apartment, and when she refused he launched the fatal attack, authorities said.

Police say he “produced a knife and without being provoked began to stab the victim”.

The knife was reportedly missing from the restaurant where Delfina and Mariani both worked.

The suspect then stabbed himself in the chest, giving himself a non-fatal wound and was found lying on top of Delfina outside the apartment, according to reports.

They were both rushed to hospital, where Delfina was pronounced dead and Mariani was charged with second-degree murder as he recovered from his self-inflicted wounds.

Delfina and Mariani worked at Kansas Bar and Grill.

Colleagues told police he would routinely profess his love for her and she would gentle decline his offers.

One of Delfina’s friends told Today in 24: “He worked with us. A super strange boy and nobody knew anything about his life. He went to work and did not say hello to anyone.”

Police found that when Delfina left work last Monday early, Mariani also left – but it was in the middle of his shift, according to reports.

Mariani invoked his right to stay silent, according to the Miami Herald.

Delfina’s friends told NBC6 that she wanted to become a fashion designer and lived with a childhood friend.