What has been the reaction to the killing?

The killing comes as Italy is in the midst of campaigning for elections on September 25 in which the right-wing coalition has already made immigration an issue.

Italy’s acting health minister, Roberto Speranza, hit out at the lack of aid given to the victim, saying that “indifference is as serious and unjustifiable as violence.”

“The murder of Alika O. is dismaying,” Enrico Letta, the head of the left-wing Democratic Party, wrote on Twitter. “Unheard of ferocity. Widespread indifference. There can be no justification.”

Far-right leaders Matteo Salvini and Giorgia Meloni, who have been outspoken against immigration, also denounced the killing and hoped that “the sentence will be the maximum possible” for the murderer.

Several people, including members of the Nigerian community, gathered Saturday in Civitanova Marche and nearby Ancona to demand justice.