Parents of boy (4) crushed to death by an electric gate while on holiday suffering grief 'beyond words'
The family of a four-year-old British boy crushed to death by an electric gate while on holiday have been left "devastated".
Angelo Quirino, from Manchester, was killed in an accident while playing with his brother at a rented villa in Italy.
His parents, who are Italian and have two other children, are suffering grief that is "beyond words", with his mother "unable to speak", a family friend said.
Police are investigating the accident that happened in Anzio, which is 38 miles south west of Rome, on Saturday.
Angelo is said to have been playing with his elder brother Diego when the iron gate fell on him.
Luciano Bruschni, the Mayor of Anzio, said the family's holiday had "turned into a tragedy that shocked our community".
An online appeal to raise funds for Angelo's parents, Amadeo and Roberta, has been set up on JustGiving by family friend Imma Totaro.
Ms Totaro said: "Roberta and Amadeo are devastated. I received an email from Roberta who said she can't even speak. It is beyond words."
Angelo's parents moved to Manchester from Italy three years ago.
His mother had been on holiday with her children, with Mr Quirino flying to Italy immediately after the accident.
"Such a thing should never happen to anyone," Ms Totaro added.
An Anzio council spokeswoman confirmed the accident is being investigated by police.
Mr Bruschini added: "A sweet angel was here just to enjoy his time and suddenly a perfect vacation day has turned into tragedy. "The city and all the population of Anzio is near to the family in this sorrowful moment."