Rome mourns metro death

A minute's silence marks the tragedy.

The funeral of the four-year-old child who fell to his death in a metro lift shaft in Rome on ​​​9 July is to be held at Rome's Verano cemetery on Monday morning 13 July.

The funeral, which is strictly private and non-religious, will be marked by a minute's silence and the mayor, Ignazio Marino has declared an official city mourning. Flags will be a half mast on all public buildings and Marino has urged all city bodies to observe the minute's silence.

The young boy slipped to his death at the Furio Camillo underground station in the gap between two lifts as metro staff were trying to extract him and his mother from a malfunctioning lift where they had been trapped in the summer's heat.

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Three metro officials are now being legally investigated to discover the dynamics of the tragedy.

The autopsy has declared that the cause of death were the multiple injuries consistent with a fall from a considerable height.

Several candle-lit vigils have been held in the area where the family lives and numerous wreaths and flowers have been laid at the opening to one of the lift shafts.

The mayor, who went to the site of the immediately in 9 July was whistled at by the hostile crowds gathered at the metro station.