(ANSA) - Palermo, October 4 - The Italian victim of a mob who
lynched three people they thought were trafficking organs in
Madagascar Thursday was a Palermo-born drifter who separated
from the mother of his two children years ago and went to live
in France, acquaintances in the Sicilian capital said Friday.
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.
was a good guy but he sometimes lost control.
We helped him many
We bought him food, clothes and a little gas stove to
"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
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
They burned the bodies on a beach.