Italian Berlin attack victim buried in hometown

President Sergio Mattarella and Interior Minister Marco Minniti attended the funeral of Fabrizia Di Lorenzo, the 32-year-old killed in last week's terrorist attack at a Christmas market in Berlin.

Italian Berlin attack victim buried in hometown
Fabrizia Di Lorenzo was among the 12 victims in the Berlin attack. Photo: John MacDougall/AFP

The funeral was held in her hometown of Sulmona, in the central Abruzzo region, on Monday.

Di Lorenzo, who had been living in Berlin for several years and worked for a German transport company, was among the 12 people killed after a truck ploughed into the busy market on December 19th.

Her mobile phone was found at the scene and death confirmed after DNA tests.

“The pain at her death is great,” Mattarella said.

“Once again, one of our young compatriots has been the victim of the senseless, execrable violence of terrorism. I express the solidarity and closeness of the whole country to Fabrizia's parents and brother.”

The terrorist attacks in Paris in November last year also claimed the life of Valeria Solesin, a 28-year-old from Venice.

Anis Amri, the suspected Berlin truck attacker, was gunned down by an Italian police officer in Milan on Friday. He is suspected to have transited through the French city of Lyon by train.

Read more: CCTV 'shows Berlin attacker fleeing through France' 


Thousands more families in Denmark seek Christmas charity

A significant increase in families have sought Christmas help from the Danish Red Cross compared to last winter.

Thousands more families in Denmark seek Christmas charity

Higher process for food, electricity, gas and fuel are being felt by vulnerable families in Denmark, driving more to apply for Christmas packages offered by the Red Cross, broadcaster DR writes.

The NGO said in a statement that more people than ever before have applied for its Christmas help or julehjælp assistance for vulnerable families.

While 15,000 people applied for the charity last year, the number has already reached 20,000 in 2022.

“We are in an extraordinary situation this year where a lot more people have to account for every single krone to make their finances work,” Danish Red Cross general secretary Anders Ladekarl said in the press statement.

“For many more, their finances no longer work, and this is unfortunately reflected by these numbers,” he said.

The Red Cross Christmas assistance consists of a voucher worth 900 kroner redeemable at Coop stores or, in some stores, a hamper consisting of products.

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