Law enforcement arrived at the scene after the suspect fled and attempted to provide assistance to the victim, a police investigator says Matteo Luconi said in a statement.
Police then followed the attacker using street cameras and arrested an Italian man identified as 32 years old. Filippo Claudio Giuseppe Ferlazzo.
Luconi said the heavy beatings began after Ogorchukwu allegedly made “insistent” demands for pocket change.
However, Daniel Amanzaofficial of the ACSIM association for immigrants in the province of Macerata, in the Marche region, said the attacker launched his attack after the seller told the man’s companion that she was beautiful.
“That compliment killed him,” Amanza told AP.
“The tragic fact is that there were a lot of people nearby. They filmed saying ‘Stop’, but no one moved to separate them,” he continued.
The footage of the attack comes as immigration remains a hot topic in Italy amid a parliamentary election campaign.
“Alika Ogorchukwu’s murder is appalling,” he added. Enrico Letta, leader of the left-leaning Democratic Party, said in a statement. “Unprecedented ferocity. Generalized indifference. There can be no justification.
Right leader Matteo Salvini also condemned the brutal beating saying, “security has no color and…must become a right again”.
Mayor of Civitanova Marche, Fabrice Ciarapicamet with members of the Nigerian community after protests against the deadly attack took place on Saturday July 30.
“My conviction is not only for the (crime) but also for the indifference,” Ciarapica said in a statement. “It’s something that shocked the citizens.”
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