It was tears and wailing when the 36-year-old Nigerian murdered in a racist attack in Italy, Emmanuel Chidi, was laid to rest on Sunday, July 10.
The young man was reportedly beaten to death by an Italian man, Fermana Amedeo Mancini, on Tuesday, July 4, while in a park with his fiancee. Mancini, who is said to be a known racist, had taunted Chidi and his girlfriend by calling them ‘African Monkeys’ and had made advances to assault the lady when the deceased rose to defend her.
Mancini, who has been arrested and charged with the murder, had allegedly used a ripped-out road-sign pole to hit Chidi repeatedly on the head and he fell to the ground and never regained consciousness.
He later died in a hospital later in the day. According to his records, the late Chidi had been in Italy for eight months and had been living in a shelter run by a Catholic charity, Caritas, after he fled to the country after an alleged attack on him and his family by the Boko Haram insurgents.