Hundreds mourn Italian AP journalist killed in Gaza
Saturday, August 16, 2014 - 01:34
35-year-old Italian Simone Camilli killed while covering the conflict in Gaza for the AP is remembered by hundreds back home. Gavino Garay reports.
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35-year-old Simone Camilli was an Italian Associated Press journalist who died while covering the conflict in Gaza on August 13.
Now his body has come home to Italy.
Hundreds gather atop the Tuscan town of Pitigliano to remember the man so many call a friend.
His mother carries an olive branch -- a symbol of peace she says she found on her son's coffin as it left Israel.
The journalist's long-time partner recalls the first time they met.
(SOUNDBITE) (English) YLVA VAN DEN BERG, CAMILLI'S LONG-TIME PARTNER, SAYING:
"Simone my love, I remember so well the first time our eyes met, as we walked towards each other, from opposite directions, in a street in Jerusalem. This month, exactly eight years ago."
Simone's father, the mayor of this small town, pays tribute to his son.
(SOUNDBITE) (Italian) PIER LUIGI CAMILLI, FATHER OF AP JOURNALIST SIMONE CAMILLI, SAYING:
"When we were at Saint Joseph's Hospital in Jerusalem, as we were waiting for Simone's body, there were a lot of people, a lot, and all the people we met were introducing themselves as 'a friend of Simone's. (They said) 'I am a friend of Simone's', every single one of them said to us 'Simone is a special person'."
Medical officials say the young journalist died when unexploded munitions blew up.
He had worked for the Associated Press since 2005.
He also leaves behind his two sisters and three-year-old daughter.
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