Family of shot teen publishes photo of body

The family of Davide Bifolco, a 17-year-old shot dead by police in Naples last Thursday during a police chase, has published a photo of the teenager's dead body on Facebook in a bid to prove that he was intentionally killed by police.

In the photo, which was posted on Sunday by Bifolco's sister on her Facebook page and published widely in the Italian media, a wound is clearly seen on Bifolco’s chest above his heart, which the victim's family say was the fatal bullet wound fired by police. 

Bifolco’s family claim that the boy was intentionally killed and their lawyers are currently working to reconstruct the events that led to the shooting, Ansa reported.

The family also says it has "two other witnesses" unknown to them who "were present at the time of the shooting" and has released CCTV footage from outside an arcade after the shooting which it says contradicts the police's version of events.  

Police, meanwhile, maintain that Bifolco was killed accidentally when they were trying to arrest two or three teenagers. One of the three had broken house arrest.

Bifolco was shot dead while on his scooter on Thursday evening in Rione Traiano, Naples. On Friday, the victim’s sibling Tommaso Bifolco said that his brother did not have a licence, was not insured and that the scooter did not belong to him.

“Maybe he got scared, maybe he wanted to avoid the scooter being taken and that’s why he didn’t stop for the police,” Bifolco said, according to Ansa.

An autopsy was scheduled to be carried out on Monday but this has now been postponed until Tuesday at the family's request so that further tests can be carried out. 

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