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Villagers in Lecco, Italy, attend funeral of 20-year-old Joele Leotta who was killed in a Maidstone flat

16 December 2013
by Anna Young

Italian waiter Joele Leotta was laid to rest yesterday - almost two months after he was killed in a Maidstone flat. 

Dozens of mourners gathered in the village of Nibionno, in the Lecco province of Italy, for the 20-year-old's funeral. 

The basketball fan was fatally wounded in an alleged assault at a bedsit above Vesuvius restaurant, in Lower Stone Street. 

A cross leads the mourners at the funeral of Joele Leotta

A cross leads the mourners at the funeral of Joele Leotta. Picture: www.casateonline.it

Mr Leotta and his best friend Alex Galbiati had arrived in the UK just eight days before the fatal incident on Sunday, October 20, and were working at the Italian eatery. 

Mr Galbiati, who was seriously injured, helped carry his friend's coffin at the service. 

The waiter's body was only released by the Mid Kent and Medway coroner just over a week ago.

Pall bearers carry the coffin.

Pall bearers carry the coffin. Picture: www.casateonline.it

Scores march through the streets to honour Joele Leotta

Scores march through the streets to honour Joele Leotta. Picture: www.casateonline.it

Alex Galbiati (middle) carries Joele Leotta's coffin

Alex Galbiati (middle) carries Joele Leotta's coffin. Picture: www.casateonline.it

Villagers in his grieving community wrote tributes on banners and staged a torchlight procession. 

Four Lithuanian men have been charged with murder and causing grievous bodily harm with intent. 

Joele Leotta

Joele Leotta suffered multiple injuries at a Maidstone flat

Mr Leotta leaves behind parents Ivan and Patrizia, and younger brother Massimo. 

 

 

 

 

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