Crowds flock to Desirée funeral

Balloons tied to lamp posts at Cisterna di Latina

(ANSA) - Rome, October 30- Crowds flocked on Tuesday to the funeral at Cisterna di Latina of Desirée Mariottini, a 16-year-old girl drugged up, gang-raped and murdered in an abandoned building in Rome's San Lorenzo district earlier this month.
    Hundreds of people including many youngsters turned out for the funeral at the San Valentino church in the part of the town south of Rome where she lived, while pink and white balloons were tied to lamp posts and signs.
    Among the wreaths was one from the Lazio regional government.
    Rome Mayor Virginia Raggi has called a day of civic mourning Tuesday.
    Four African men including two Senegalese drug pushers, a Nigerian and a Ghanian have been arrested in the case.


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