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Rome Detains Man Over Slain US Student


Italian police have arrested a 40-year old homeless man in relation to the death of an American university student. The body of 19-year-old Beau Solomon was discovered Monday in the Tiber River after he'd gone missing for several days

“While all risks can not be eliminated, UW-Madison takes numerous steps to ensure that our programs operate in safe environments”.

“The only doubts we had were pick-pocketing”, his father told the paper.

He had landed in Rome on Thursday to start a study overseas program at the university, whose campus is in the central Trastevere district, which is near the river and popular with young people.

“We also don’t want to deter students away from going overseas”, she said.

Massimo Galioto, 40, from Rome, has been taken into custody.

Solomon, from Wisconsin, had been due to start a study program at John Cabot University, whose campus is in the central Trastevere district.

Solomon, 19, was reported missing on June 30, the day after his arrival in Rome.

Police are watching surveillance camera footage, tracking the signal from Solomon’s cellphone and investigating the use of his credit card after it was stolen, CNN reported. Then, he was apparently thrown into the river by Galioto.

On Tuesday, state-run RAI television interviewed a woman, identified only as Alessia, who said she was Galioto’s companion.

There is no indication of any additional risk to other UW students in Rome or overseas.

“We believe that study overseas has numerous benefits for a student’s college career and positively influences the rest of the student’s life”, Podesta said.

John Cabot University, an English university in the Italian capital, confirmed his death on Monday evening. “We are dedicated to helping the Solomon family through this hard time”.

Beau Solomon faced physical challenges early in life, fighting through a rare form of cancer as a child and enduring numerous chemotherapy treatments and surgeries, family members told CBS affiliate WISC-TV.

Solomon is originally from Spring Green, Wisconsin.

Update: On Monday, the Associated Press reported in this story that a homeless man had been detained in Solomon’s death.

“He made everyone around him better and he always cared more about others than himself”, Jake Solomon said.

“We never send students to countries that have trouble warnings, based on guidelines from the state department”, Lewis said.

The family has not commented on the criminal investigation or the John Cabot University program.

In 2012, a US student was allegedly stabbed by his roommate, a fellow student at John Cabot University, after what police said was a night of alcohol and possible drug use and Halloween partying.

“Nightlife is nightlife”, he said.

John Cabot University, founded in 1972, describes itself as “an American university in the heart of Rome”. Galiota has been charged with aggravated murder, a police spokesperson told NBC News.

UW-Madison said Solomon’s death is being treated as a criminal investigation by local authorities in Rome but there appears to be no broader risk to students or others in the city.

For the past decade, Goucher College, a private liberal arts school with roughly 2,000 students in Baltimore, has required all undergraduates to study overseas at least once before graduating.

Also in recent years, a young American man died after falling off a streetside ledge and landing on the Tiber’s cement banks.

Guido Podesta, vice provost and dean of the global division at Madison, said the school offers online and in-person orientation resources before departure. He was studying Economics at the Bates College in ME and had been in Italy for a month for a study overseas program initiated by the Trinity College in CT.