AP video journalist mourned in Tuscan hometown

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Updated: Fri, 15 Aug 2014 01:15:12 EST

PITIGLIANO, Italy (AP) — Hundreds of mourners have packed the cathedral in this Tuscan hilltop town to remember Associated Press video journalist Simone Camilli, who was killed this week in the Gaza Strip.

Video images made by Camilli were projected onto a building beside the cathedral in Pitigliano, his hometown, and mourners streaming to the ceremony Friday were visibly moved as they paused to watch.

AP chief executive Gary Pruitt, speaking before the funeral Mass, lauded Camilli's commitment "to tell the human side of the story in a war" during nearly a decade with AP.

Camilli, his translator and four others died Wednesday when leftover ordnance believed to have been dropped in an Israeli airstrike blew up.

Camilli, who was 35, is survived by his long-time partner, a daughter, his parents and two sisters.

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