Madagascar lynching victim father-of-two from Palermo
Roberto Gianfalla 'lived like a tramp' before moving to France04 October, 12:29
Roberto Gianfalla, who had Italian and French passports, lived rough and gave up a string of menial jobs soon after being hired, they said.
"He lived like a tramp," said jeweler Tullio Marceca.
"He lived in a dilapidated house in an alley near here. He was a good guy but he sometimes lost control. We helped him many times. We bought him food, clothes and a little gas stove to cook with.
"He was unemployed and one time I got him a job in a pizzeria, near the Vucciria market. But he packed it in after a month because he said it was too much work".
Tullio's son Fabrizio said he had kept in touch with Gianfalla on Facebook.
"The last time I heard from him he said he was going to Madagascar".
Residents on the northeast Madagascar tourist island of Nosy Be went on a day-long rampage after a missing eight-year-old was reportedly found dead, killing Gianfalla and a French tourist, Sébastien Judalet, as well as an unidentified local man.
They burned the bodies on a beach.