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Embracing couple among the victims

A man reacts to his damaged home after a strong earthquake hit Amatrice on August 24, 2016 Image copyright Getty Images

At least 268 people are now known to have died after a 6.2-magnitude earthquake struck central Italy on Wednesday.

The devastating quake caused the collapse of numerous buildings with the historic town of Amatrice the worst hit. Many people are still believed to be buried under rubble.

As hopes of finding more survivors fade, details are emerging of those who lost their lives.


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Marcos Burnett, 14

One of three Britons who died in the disaster has been identified as a teenager from London who was on holiday in Amatrice.

His parents, Anne-Louise and Simon Burnett, and his sister suffered minor injuries but survived when the building they were in collapsed.

The family has since paid tribute to the “tireless work” of the Italian rescue workers.


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Maria Henniker-Gotley, 51, and her husband Will, 55

The two other Britons killed were understood to be staying at the same property as Marcos Burnett.

The couple were from Stockwell in London.


Fabrizio Trabalza, 45, and Paola Rascelli, 43

The married couple, who were crushed under the rubble of a house in Amatrice, were found by rescuers in an embrace.

Ms Rascelli, who worked as a secretary, had recently celebrated her birthday with her husband Mr Trabalza, an internet technology specialist who worked for a website that offers help to those in need of heart transplants.

The couple lived in Ostia, a coastal town near Rome, and were in Amatrice for the holidays, according to reports.

They had posted photographs on social media of themselves enjoying their holiday just four hours before the earthquake struck.

Friends of the couple posted Facebook messages describing the pair as “always smiling and helpful”.


Marco Santarelli, 28

Killed in Amatrice, he had been on holiday with friends, one of whom managed to escape while another was pulled alive from the debris a few hours later, according to reports.

A chef visiting the town for its food festival, he was pulled from the rubble by his own father, Filippo, who had rushed to the region after his son failed to answer his mobile phone.


Anna Grossi, 21

Died after the house she was staying in with her boyfriend collapsed.

Rescuers arrived quickly in Amatrice and managed to recover her boyfriend Claudio Leonetti, who was seriously hurt.

Ms Grossi, a flautist and recent graduate, was pronounced dead at the scene.


Arianna Masciarelli, 15

The teenager, from Rome, was spending time with her father and grandparents in Pescara del Tronto before returning to school.

She died when the house belonging to her grandparents collapsed.

Her relatives, who were with her at the time, are believed to have survived.


Alessandro Neroni, 42

The hairdresser, who lived in the eastern coastal region of Marche, was visiting his parents while on holiday with a friend in Amatrice when the quake struck.

Local media reports that while his friend was pulled alive from a large pile of debris and survived after being transported to hospital, Mr Neroni was overwhelmed by rubble and could not be saved.


Erjon Toro, 34

Died when the house he was in with his family in Amatrice collapsed. He had emigrated to Italy from Albania a number of years ago.

His wife and three children survived and were treated in hospital for their injuries, according to the Albanian foreign ministry.


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