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Rome police: Young woman was burned alive by ex-beau

  • The burned car belonging to slain 22-year-old student Sara Di Pietrantonio is seen along a street in the outskirts of Rome, Monday, May 30, 2016. According to Italian police, Sara, who's body was found close to the car, has been burned alive by her ex-boyfriend as she was was trying to escape from him. (Massimo Percossi/ANSA via AP) ITALY OUT

    The burned car belonging to slain 22-year-old student Sara Di Pietrantonio is seen along a street in the outskirts of Rome, Monday, May 30, 2016. According to Italian police, Sara, who's body was found close to the car, has been burned alive by her ex-boyfriend as she was was trying to escape from him. (Massimo Percossi/ANSA via AP) ITALY OUT  (The Associated Press)

  • Police officers inspect the site where the body of slain 22-year-old student Sara Di Pietrantonio was found in the outskirts of Rome, Monday, May 30, 2016. According to Italian police, Sara has been burned alive by her ex-boyfriend as she was was trying to escape from him. (Massimo Percossi/ANSA via AP) ITALY OUT

    Police officers inspect the site where the body of slain 22-year-old student Sara Di Pietrantonio was found in the outskirts of Rome, Monday, May 30, 2016. According to Italian police, Sara has been burned alive by her ex-boyfriend as she was was trying to escape from him. (Massimo Percossi/ANSA via AP) ITALY OUT  (The Associated Press)

Italian police say a Rome university student has been burned alive by her ex-boyfriend.

A police official, Luigi Silipo's told reporters Monday that in 25 years of investigations he has "never seen such an atrocious crime" as Sara Di Pietrantonio's slaying.

Investigators say the man, who was held for questioning, doused first her car, then the woman with alcohol before dawn Sunday. Prosecutor Maria Monteleone says some motorists drove by as the 22-year-old woman cried for help but no one stopped or called police.

Police say her attacker, a 27-year-old security guard she had dated for two years, caught her as she tried to flee and set her head afire with a cigarette lighter. Investigators say he followed her car, forcing her to pull over on a Rome street.