Today (Aug. 1), a video of a fatal confrontation in Rome is circulating online. On Friday (July 29), a Nigerian street vendor was brutally beaten to death by a white Italian man. The situation took place in broad daylight as onlookers casually walked past on the busy street.
During last week’s deadly altercation, 39-year-old Alika Ogorchukwu was beaten “with his own crutch,” according to ABC News. Police identified his attacker as 32-year-old Filippo Claudio Giuseppe Ferlazzo. As reported by local Italian daily newspaper Corriere della Sera, the attack was a “four-minute long horror.” On Saturday (July 30), Police investigator Matteo Luconi spoke with reporters saying Ferlazzo attacked Ogorchukwu because the vendor was “insistent” on the suspect and the woman he was with giving him pocket change.
"Four-minute long horror,'' headlined Corriere della Sera, noting that other Nigerian immigrants in the town had decried the indifference and racism seen in the killing.https://t.co/dlywuA52Sx
— Eddie Du (@Edourdooo) August 1, 2022
A lawyer for the deceased says Ferlazzo was also upset that Ogorchukwu complimented his female companion. Store owners in the area say the vendor was frequently seen around the busy street in Civitanova Marche, an Italian town on the Adriatic Sea. The area is a popular shopping destination in Rome. Today (Aug. 1), a judge will decide if Ferlazzo will remain in jail during the investigation.
As news of Ogorchukwu’s death spread, many social media users were stunned to learn that no one intervened. “The real horror of the murder of Alika Ogorchukwu is the indifference of those who passed by and did nothing while Filippo Ferlazzo was #killing [him],” one tweet read. It continued, “Dozens of people saw, commented and filmed everything. But none intervened.”
The real horror of the murder of Alika Ogorchukwu is the indifference of those who passed by and did nothing
While Filippo Ferlazzo was #killing Alika Ogorchukwu in Marche, dozens of people saw, commented and filmed everything. But none intervened. https://t.co/mflgmwspX8
— mjjyo (@mjjyoNAKANO) July 30, 2022
Friday’s attack isn’t the first time an African male has been killed at the hands of Italians. In 2020, Willy Monteiro Duarte was beaten to death near Rome after trying to break up a fight. According to ABC News, four Italian men were recently convicted for their roles in the killing, with two receiving life sentences. Duarte’s family originated from Cape Verde.
Wave of protests and outbursts kindled across Italy after 32-YO Filippo Claudio Giuseppe Ferlazzo from Salerno beat to death a 39-YO physically-challenged Nigerian vendor, Alika Ogorchukwu in Civitanova Marche city in the Province of Macerata, Marche region!
Justice for ALIKA pic.twitter.com/SBAAxJQz7L
— Jauro Fulani II 🇳🇬 (@Futta_Jallon) August 1, 2022
wont share the video.
Fascist Filippo Claudio Giuseppe Ferlazzo strangled a 39-year-old Nigerian immigrant to death in Italy . The racist murder took place in front of people on a busy street but no one intervened to prevent it.
— niilash (@niilash1) July 31, 2022
#AnotherBrutalMurder On July 30th, 2022, an Italian man, Filippo Claudio Giuseppe Ferlazzo, 32, murdered a Nigerian man Alika Ogorchukwu, 39, in the center of Civitanova, not far from where a white supremacist went on a shooting rampage “hunting” Black immigrants in 2018. #Racism pic.twitter.com/Ysstpu0QgH
— EveAboka (LifeLovedLight) (@eveaboka) August 1, 2022