Family of murdered Italian tourist meets with police, frustrated with lack of answers

Family of Carlo Marigliano, an Italian tourist murdered in Little Rock over the weekend, says they're frustrated with a lack of answers from police but remain confident that they will solve the case. (Photo: Facebook)

Family members of Carlo Marigliano, an Italian tourist murdered in Little Rock over the weekend, finally met with detectives working the case, Tuesday. Although the family says they didn't get all the answers they were looking for, they remain confident in the Little Rock Police Department to make an arrest.

Marigliano's father Ciro Marigliano and brother-in-law Fabio Vizzaccaro flew all the way from Italy in order to meet with police, as well as make arrangements to have Carlo's body sent back to their native Naples. Gianni Sulmonte, a cousin from Maryland, accompanied Marigliano and Vizzaccaro to help with the language barrier.

Sulmonte said Tuesday the family went to see where Marigliano took his last breaths at a West Little Rock apartment complex, after the 31-year-old crashed his car after being shot. The family also went to see Marigliano's body after it was released from the coroner to an area funeral home.

"If you can ever imagine a grown man just collapsing under grief - that's what I witnessed today," said Sulmonte, referring to Carlo's father Ciro who was too distraught to do an on-camera interview on Tuesday.

The Little Rock Police homicide detective assigned to Marigliano's case reached out to the family on Tuesday morning, according to Sulmonte. Unfortunately Sulmonte said they left the meeting Tuesday knowing just as much about their family member's death as they did the day before.

"There was not much he could share with us other than that he's got some leads, there's some things that they're following up on," said Sulmonte. "But beyond that - no specifics - none at all."

Despite a lack of answers from LRPD, Sulmonte said he believes detectives are likely trying to maintain the investigation and understands they can't tell them everything. But Sulmonte said he believes there's immense pressure for Little Rock detectives to solve Marigliano's murder, not just from their family but from the Italian government.

"This is a very delicate situation, it is a foreign national - and it doesn't look good," said Sulmonte. "It doesn't look good for the city, it doesn't look good for the country."

Sulmonte said the family plans to leave Little Rock on Wednesday after Marigliano's body is released from an area funeral home. The Italian Consulate in Houston is assisting the family in arranging for Marigliano's body to be returned to Italy, according to Sulmonte, however they aren't able to assist the family financially. The family has set up a GoFundMe page to help offset costs of flying the body home and burying the father of two.

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