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MP attends funeral of murdered transsexual

Published: 27 Dec 2013 12:40 GMT+01:00

Andrea Quintero, a homeless drug addict, was killed on the night of July 28th at Rome’s Termini train station.

The Colombian’s beaten body was found the following morning on platform 10 of the city’s central station, Il Messaggero reported.

The decision to hold a funeral, which is taking place at the Jesuit Church in Piazza del Gesù, was taken after authorities failed to hear from family members.

Cecile Kyenge, Italy’s integration minister, and Rome Mayor Ignazio Marino, are due to attend, a spokesman for the charity, Centro Astalli, told The Local.

Giovanni La Manna, the charity’s president, told Il Messaggero he wanted the funeral to bring greater awareness to the suffering of people like Quintero.

“We want the funeral to be a signal to the entire community of Rome, which looks away from those who are discriminated against and who live their difficult lives against the indifference of our city,” he said.

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