The killing of a Nigerian man in broad daylight on the streets of an Italian seaside city whereas onlookers watched has sparked outcry and renewed a dialog about racism and crimes towards migrants within the nation forward of elections subsequent month.
Alika Ogorchukwu, 39, was chased, hit with his personal crutch after which crushed “to death with bare hands” whereas on the bottom by the assailant, who additionally stole his cell phone, Macerata police stated.
Video footage of the assault, which passed off within the jap coastal city of Civitanova Marche, was captured by a bystander, however no one was seen bodily intervening in a single portion of the clip.
A girl might be heard shouting “stop, stop immediately” within the video, and a person shouts: “You are killing him.” The footage was printed by Italian media after being shared on-line.
The incident passed off at 2 p.m. on Friday in the principle central road of Civitanova Marche, Luconi stated. Ogorchukwu was discovered lifeless on the scene by paramedics, the police assertion on Sunday added.
Macerata police officer Matteo Luconi advised CNN on Monday that the killing “was not racially motivated,” and a police assertion on Sunday stated it was doubtless resulting from “petty reasons.”
A 32-year-old Italian citizen, Filippo Ferlazzo, has been arrested for homicide and theft, police stated. Considered one of Ferlazzo’s legal professionals, Federica Trifoglio, advised CNN Monday that his shopper has psychiatric points and so they intend to file a psychiatric report.
The Nigerian embassy in Rome condemned the killing, saying “the incident occurred on a busy street and infront of shocked onlookers, some of whom made videos of the attack, with little or no attempt to prevent it.”
The embassy stated it was collaborating with Italian authorities to make sure justice is served and to supply help to the sufferer’s household.
Ogorchukwu’s spouse, Charity Oriachi, advised journalists Friday that she wished justice for her husband. “Italy, don’t leave me alone,” she stated.
She advised journalists that when she final noticed her husband on Friday morning, “I gave him a croissant, I told him ‘eat this’. I gave him the croissant and haven’t seen him since. Then many people came to call me: ‘Your husband, come!’ I needed someone with the car and when I arrived in Civitanova I saw him lying down on the street.”
Francesco Mantella, the lawyer representing Ogorchukwu’s spouse, Charity, advised CNN that Ogorchukwu had been in Italy for about 9 years with an everyday residence allow and labored as a road vendor.
Ogochukwu was left with a limp after he was run over by a automotive final yr whereas on his bicycle. He used a crutch to assist him get round, Mantella stated.
He bought small issues, lighters and tissue paper, the lawyer stated. He commuted each day from his residence, within the small village of San Severino Marche, to the bigger city of Civitanova Marche, hoping to do higher enterprise.
The mayor of Civitanova Marche has introduced the bills for Ogorchukwu’s funeral will likely be paid by the municipality, Mantella stated, and a fundraiser has been began to assist his widow and their 8 year-old son.
The killing has shaken the nation, the place right-wing factions may acquire elevated help on the upcoming elections.
4 years in the past, a person draped in an Italian flag shot six African immigrants in a racially motivated assault in Macerata, lower than 20 miles from the place Ogorchukwu was killed.