President joins grieving families for state funeral as hope fades of finding more survivors

August 27, 2016 11:09 AM

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President joins grieving families for state funeral as hope fades of finding more survivors

As Italians observed a day of national mourning, President Sergio Mattarella and Premier Matteo Renzi joined grieving families for a state funeral for 35 of the 290 people killed in Wednesday's quake.

Mourners, among them many injured, wept and held each other in a sweltering community gym in the town of Ascoli Piceno as the local bishop, Giovanni D'Ercole, urged them to rebuild their communities.

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