A FUND-RAISING bid to help with the funeral costs of a city student whose body was discovered in the River Severn after he fell from Sabrina Bridge has been launched by family and friends.
Alessandro Frumenzi died following the incident in the early hours of last Saturday (June 29) when the alarm was raised by a passer-by who saw a man fall into the water from the bridge.
After issuing a picture of the teenager on Saturday afternoon, police confirmed he was missing the following day. Divers from West Mercia Search and Rescue then discovered his body in the Severn at Draycott near Kempsey last Monday (July 1) more than 48 hours after the alarm was raised.
Police confirmed the body was that of the 18-year-old who was studying at Heart of Worcestershire College having come to the city from Leverkusen in Germany. An inquest into his death has been pencilled in for September.
Grieving friends have laid tributes at the bridge and shared their memories of the teenager.
A GoFundMe crowd-funding page, set up by family and friends, is appealing for help with the costs of the funeral.
In a statement on the website, his family said: “Following the unfortunate tragedy which saw Alessandro Frumenzi pass away, his family and friends ask for help to be able to cover the cost of his funeral.
“Every little help has a major impact. We are thankful for everyone who has helped or been apart of this tough journey.
“The family and friends are heartbroken and traumatised to lose someone this close to our hearts but with love and support; he will always be remembered and looking over us and in our thoughts,” the statement added.
Organisers hope to raise £3,000 towards the costs and have already seen a warm response since setting up the page over the weekend.
Visit www.gofundme.com/alexfrumenzi for more.