Authorities in Italy have arrested a man who was caught on camera fatally assaulting a disabled Nigerian street vendor after an alleged disagreement. According to Sky News, bystanders filmed the physical altercation without intervening.
Alika Ogorchukwu, 39, was identified as the victim. The attack’s video was widely shared on Italian news platforms and social media. Police said onlookers did not try to break up the fight even though they were heard saying “stop.”
“I am looking for justice for my husband.” Because it is too much, the pain is too much for me,” said Charity Oriachi, the deceased man’s wife.
The killing of a Nigerian immigrant sparked outrage and protests in the European country. It also follows a parliamentary election campaign in which the right-wing coalition reportedly expressed dissatisfaction with the country’s immigration situation.
“The murder of Alika Ogorchukwu is dismaying,” tweeted Enrico Letta, the leader of the left-wing Democratic Party. “Unprecedented ferocity. Indifference is widespread. “There is no justification.”
The suspect, Filippo Claudio Giuseppe Ferlazzo, 32, was apprehended after police used street cameras to track him down. He was later charged with murder and theft. After fleeing the scene, he allegedly took Ogorchukwu’s phone.
According to Sky TG24, the fatal July 29 incident occurred after Ferlazzo objected to Ogorchukwu’s “insistent” demands for pocket change. Before tackling the disabled victim, the suspect allegedly grabbed his crutch. Ogorchukwu attempted to defend himself but was unsuccessful, according to the video.
After being injured in a car accident, the victim began street selling. As a result, he was unable to work and was forced to use crutches due to a limp caused by the accident, according to Sky News.
According to Daniel Amanza, who oversees the ACSIM association for immigrants in the Italian province of Macerata, Ferlazzo attacked Ogorchukwu after the Nigerian immigrant told the suspect’s partner that she was beautiful.
Amanza stated, “This compliment killed him.” “The tragic reality is that there were a lot of people nearby.” They filmed with the words ‘Stop,’ but no one moved to separate them.”