An emotional crowd greeted the coffin of Giulia Cecchettin at the end of the funeral celebrated in the Basilica of Santa Giustina in Padua. Thousands of people inside and outside the basilica joined the grief of the family of the 22-year-old killed by her boyfriend Filippo Turetta. "May Giulia's memory inspire us to work together against violence, may her death be the push to change," said her father Gino in church. Loud applause, shouts, bells and keys shaken to the sky greeted the white coffin at the end of the funeral rite. A round of applause and white heart-shaped balloons greeted the exit of Giulia's coffin from the church of Saonara where the private part of the funeral ceremony was held. Gino Cecchettin - close to his children Elena, in tears, and Davide - waited for the coffin to enter the funeral vehicle and walked towards the cemetery where Giulia will be buried next to her mother who died a year ago. "I look at the sky and I see you in the middle of the stars, making an ice cream with mom in the middle of an ice cream. Sooner or later we'll see each other again, I promise, but until then I know you'll be with me, because you're my guardian angel, because at the end of the day, you always have been." It is Elena's greeting to her sister.
Video Gino Cecchettin: 'Goodbye Giulia, thank you for these 22 years'
"May Giulia's memory inspire us to work together against violence, may her death be the impetus for change." This is the hope of Gino Cecchettin during his message. "My daughter Giulia was just as you knew her, an extraordinary young woman, cheerful and lively, never satisfied with learning. She embraced the responsibility of family management after the untimely loss of her beloved mother," he added. "Femicide is often the result of a culture that devalues women's lives, victims of those who should have loved them; Instead, they were harassed, forced into long periods of abuse, until they lost their freedom, before even losing their lives. How can this happen? How could this have happened to Giulia?" There are many responsibilities - he said - but the educational one involves everyone. I am the first to address men: first we must show that we are agents of change, against gender-based violence." And finally he added: "Dear Giulia it's time to let you go, say goodbye to mom. We will learn to dance in the rain. Thank you for these 22 years." A long applause greeted the end of Gino Cecchettin's greeting. Once he arrived at the front row desk, he hugged and hugged his two children tightly.
A handshake and a hug between Minister Carlo Nordio and Gino Cecchettin, during the exchange of the sign of peace. The father of the young victim then received the embrace of other representatives of the institutions, including the president of Veneto Luca Zaia, and the mayor of Padua, Sergio Giordani, as well as other political personalities and friends of the family. Nordio also greeted Giulia's siblings.
Video Giulia's funeral, embrace between Nordio and dad Gino
The President of the Republic Sergio Mattarella also remembered Giulia Cecchettin: "The value and respect for life must be reaffirmed with determination," said Mattarella, at the ceremony of the Stars of Merit for Work at the Quirinale.
The homily: "Giulia's smile will be missed. Let us ask for peace for Philip's heart"
"Giulia's smile will be missed by her father Gino, her sister Elena and brother Davide and all her family; He will be missed by his friends but also by all of us because his face has become dear to us." This was said by the bishop of Padua, Monsignor Claudio Cipolla, in the homily of the funeral of Giulia Cecchettin which is celebrated in the Basilica of Santa Giustina in Padua. "However, we cherish his will to live, his projects, his passions. We welcome them into us like that sprout of which the prophet speaks. Because together we wish to wait for the flowering of the world in which finally our eyes will also be blessed", the bishop stressed. "We didn't want to see what our eyes saw, nor did we want to hear what we learned in the late morning of Saturday, November 18. For seven long days we waited, wished and hoped to see and hear different things. And yet now we are here, many of us, with eyes, even those of the heart, full of tears and with ears in need of being opened to a new listening," said the bishop of Padua, affirming that we now need "words and gestures of wisdom that help us not to be trapped by the immense tragedy that has taken place, to find even a small glimmer of light." From pain, however, it is now necessary to build a positive feeling: "The conclusion of this story leaves us with bitterness, sadness, at times even anger, but what we have experienced has also made evident the desire to transform pain into a commitment to building a better society and a better world, which have at the center respect for the person (whether woman or man) and the protection of the fundamental rights of each one, especially that of the free and responsible definition of one's own life project", said Cipolla, underlining that "this commitment is indispensable not only to guarantee quality of life to the individual but also to create those social contexts and networks in which people are valued as subjects capable of making an original and creative contribution".
It is necessary to change the culture that leads to acts of abuse and oppression, said Mgr. Onion. "Teach us, O Lord, peace between genders, between male and female, between man and woman. We want to learn love and live in mutual respect, seeking the good of the other in the gift of ourselves. We can no longer allow acts of oppression and abuse; this is why we need to work together to be able to transform the culture that makes them possible", is the appeal of the bishop resounded in the basilica of Santa Giustina. Then he turned to young people: "Perhaps you young people can be more daring than in the past: you have universities and studies at your disposal, you have opportunities for meetings and comparisons at an international level, you have more opportunities and well-being than 50 years ago. In freedom you can love better and more: this is your vocation and this can and must become your happiness!"
Monsignor Claudio Cipolla also turns his thoughts to Filippo Turetta, in prison on charges of killing his ex-girlfriend. "We also ask for peace of heart for Philip and his family," the bishop said in his homily. "Our heart seeks tenderness, understanding, affection, love. Peace of heart is peace with oneself, with one's body, with one's psyche, with one's feelings, especially those concerning the meaning of the actions we perform and the meaning of life," the bishop emphasized, adding that "our heart is the place where the Gospel and the Passover of Jesus of Nazareth knock with delicacy, ready to unfold their humanizing power."
Zaia's appeal to Veneto: "Today we must send a choral, strong and clear signal against gender-based violence"
"Today, on the day of Giulia Cecchettin's funeral, I ask the entire Veneto region for a choral signal, loud and clear, against gender-based violence." This was written on social media by the President of the region Luca Zaia. "A day that becomes indelible, that sets the pace so that events like this can never happen again. We owe it to Giulia, in whose memory - and in the memory of all the women killed without a reason - we will continue to work closely with each other - she adds - in the fight against gender-based violence". For Zaia "we need a strong signal, also from a symbolic point of view: we all wear a red ribbon, and we display red bows on the doors and windows. I also ask businesses to observe a break in activities during the funeral at 11 a.m. The hope is that from this tragedy a movement will be born that with a loud, choral, strong voice, expresses every day to the world - he concludes - a message against violence against women".
🔴🔴🔴 Today, on the day of Giulia Cecchettin's funeral, I ask the whole of Veneto for a choral signal, loud and clear, against gender-based violence.
A day that becomes indelible, that sets the pace so that events like this can never be repeated. pic.twitter.com/k5UKlVUJAK
— Luca Zaia (@zaiapresidente) December 5, 2023
The prosecutor of the investigation into Giulia risks transfer
Venice prosecutor Bruno Cherchi, who is coordinating the investigation into Giulia's murder, is facing the risk of a transfer of office. The reason for this was his relationship with an expert, Professor Massimo Montisci, former president of the Institute of Forensic Medicine in Padua, who was involved in legal proceedings. Reports that according to the minority of the first commission of the CSM (two councilors out of 6) would have tarnished Cherchi's image of impartiality. The majority report (3 votes) calls for the case to be closed. The decision will be made next Wednesday by the plenum of the Palace of the Marshals.
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