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Thousands at funeral of Napoli fan Ciro Esposito

Published on NewsOK Modified: June 27, 2014 at 12:06 pm •  Published: June 27, 2014

NAPLES, Italy (AP) — More than 7,000 people attended the funeral of Ciro Esposito, the Napoli fan who was shot during fan violence before last month's Italian Cup final.

Esposito, who was allegedly shot by Roma fan Daniele De Santis, died on Wednesday — 50 days after the incident. He was 29.

"Thank you all, a horrible thing happened but we never lost our peace," said Esposito's mother, Antonella. "We have made you proud, you make us proud. We all prayed together for Ciro.

"Let Ciro's sacrifice not be in vain. Hold up high the symbol of the sport in the name of Ciro Esposito."

A deafening applause and chants of "Olé olé olé Ciro, Ciro" rang out as Esposito's coffin — draped in Napoli shirts and scarves — was brought into the square in Scampia, a suburb of Naples on Friday.

Many people were in tears and even more wore t-shirts in his name, while there was also a huge banner. Several of his friends held a blown-up photo of a smiling Esposito.

"Ciro is in the hearts of all Neapolitans," the Mayor of Naples, Luigi De Magistris, said. "Those who didn't guarantee public safety must pay. Antonella is the symbol of Naples."

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