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Italian police arrest homeless man in death of US student

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Italian police detained a homeless man Tuesday in the death of an American student whose body was found in Rome's Tiber River. Beau Solomon, 19, a University of Wisconsin-Madison student, went missing last week after arriving to study at Rome's John ...

TOP TRENDINGUSA Today Network Josh Hafner, USA TODAY 8:23 a.m. EDT July 5, 2016
Italian officials arrested a homeless man in connection with the death of 19-year-old Beau Solomon, a University of Wisconsin-Madison student studying abroad in Rome.
USA TODAYItalian police detained a homeless man Tuesday in the death of an American student whose body was found in Rome's Tiber River.Beau Solomon, 19, a University of Wisconsin-Madison student, went missing last week after arriving to study at Rome’s John Cabot University, the small liberal arts school said. On Monday, the school confirmed that the body of a young man police found earlier that day was Solomon's.One of Solomon's three brothers, Cole Solomon, told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that the body was found with a head wound and bloodied shirt."It's a murder investigation," Cole told the newspaper.Police identified the suspect as Massimo Galioto, 40, from Rome. He was detained because he was “seriously implicated” in the murder, police said.Amid the weekend’s search efforts for Solomon, the student’s family reportedly discovered thousands in charges to his credit card, according to a Madison TV station.John Cabot University said Solomon’s roommate lost contact with him around 1 a.m. Friday while they were out at one of the city’s bars. The roommate, worried when Solomon didn’t show up for an orientation the next morning, alerted John Cabot University, which alerted Italian authorities, the U.S. Embassy and the University of Wisconsin.Madison’s WMTV interviewed another of Solomon’s brothers, Jake Solomon, who said the family “realized that thousands of dollars had been charged on his card” after learning of the disappearance. The cards were used in Milan, the station reported.The Italian news agency ANSA reported that two people recalled seeing a man throw a person into the Tiber River the night Beau Solomon went missing, according to the Associated Press, though ANSA cited no names or sources.Beau Solomon was the third oldest of four brothers, the Journal Sentinel reported. Solomon’s family left Sunday for Italy, according to the Journal Sentinel's Mary Spicuzza.In an interview Sunday with the Journal Sentinel, Solomon's 26-year-old brother, Jake, described the Spring Green native as "an awesome brother" with "a big heart" with dreams of becoming a lawyer. He also called him the "toughest S.O.B. that we've ever met."The 19-year-old battled cancer for 10 years until the age of 12, after which he went on to participate in high school sports, work as a camp counselor for Badger Boys State and teach at youth quarterback camps around Wisconsin.Read or Share this story: http://usat.ly/29bSyKN

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