An Italian man was killed after he was crushed by a piece of falling crucifix which had been erected in honor of Pope John Paul II in a northern part of Italy. Marco Gusmini, age 21, died instantly and another man, badly injured, was rushed to a nearby hospital, reported the Italian media.
The 100 ft. statue collapsed during a celebration ceremony that was held a few days before the Pope’s canonization. John Paul II and his precursor, Pope John XXIII, are scheduled to be affirmed as saints on Sunday at the Vatican in Rome.
The crucifix memorialized when Pope John Paul II made a visit to the region back in 1998. It was created by the sculptor Enrico Job and was specifically created for the stop over by the Pope. The statute was kept in storage until 2005 and then was mounted in a pleasing Italian spot close to the village of Cevo.
The large figure was fashioned as a huge rounded cross that had a great statue of Jesus Christ, which weighed over 1,310 lbs. attached to the top. It was also attached to the ground with cables, stated the media. The strange round shape of the crucifix was built that way to epitomize scars that came from World War II.
At the time of Gusmini’s death, there was a crowd of children who were also reported to be in attendance.
The mayor of Cevo, Silvio Citroni stated that Gusmini’s demise was an unfathomable tragedy. He was so young, had many hopes and have them destroyed in such a horrible way. Citroni explained that the group of young men Gusmini was with ran in every direction when they heard the wood begin to splinter. Unfortunately, that poor boy just went in the wrong direction.
All additional celebrations that were planned to mark the pope’s elevation to becoming a saint have been cancelled. It is also being reported that Mr. Gusmini had a physical disability which might have reduced his reaction time to the falling cross, but that is unsubstantiated.
In a weird coincidence, Gusmini lived with his family on a street which was named after Pope John XXIII. A neighbor who lives on the avenue spoke to the public and said that Gusmini’s death had really shaken him up. He stated that his thoughts went out to the young man’s family. He added that a cross was supposed to stand for a sign of protection. However all that seemed very meaningless in the face of the dreadful tragedy and the loss of the young man.
As strange as it may sound, this was not the first time a death has happened due to a falling crucifix in Italy. Back in 2004, the Italian media reported to the world that an older woman, age 72, was crushed to death by a seven ft. tall metal crucifix that was located in the small village of Saint Onofrio, which is located in the southern part of the nation.
Mr. Gusmini ended up being killed after he was crushed by a falling crucifix which had been erected in honor of Pope John Paul II in a northern part of Italy. The young man died instantly.
By Kimberly Ruble