Hundreds of people in Italy have joined a funeral procession for a young black man who was brutally beaten to death in a killing that has sent shockwaves through the country.
Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte and Italy’s interior minister were among those who attended the funeral for Willy Monteiro Duarte.
The 21-year-old was killed during a fight in Colleferro, a city on the outskirts of Rome, in the early hours of 6 September.
Although four Italians have so far been arrested – including a pair of brothers with police records – prosecutors have not yet indicated if the murder was racially motivated.
News reports in Italy have quoted witnesses as saying Mr Monteiro Duarte was killed after coming to the rescue of a friend who was being beaten up.Advertisement
Born in Rome to parents from the African island nation of Cape Verde, he was described as hard-working and upstanding by those who knew him.
The hundreds of people at the funeral procession, most wearing white shirts and face masks, walked toward the sporting stadium where Mr Monteiro Duarte was honoured, then clapped in respect as his coffin was carried out.