ROME, ITALY - Ever since a University of Wisconsin sophomore was found dead in Italy`s Tiber River, college students across America may reconsider the notion of spending a semester abroad.
According to an Italian newspaper, a 40-year-old homeless man identified as Massimo Galioto is facing a murder charge for allegedly killing 19-year-old Beau Solomon.
The finance major arrived in Rome last Thursday, excited about spending the summer at John Cabot University. He spent his first evening at a local pub. That was the last time he was seen alive.
Another student says, "I know he was hanging out with friends and when they decided to leave they could not find him.”
According to an Italian news agency, Solomon`s body was discovered in the same river where witnesses reported seeing someone thrown from a bridge. He had a head wound, a bloody shirt, and no wallet or cell phone.
Solomon’s brother, Jake says, "We called the credit card company and realized that thousands of dollars had been charged on his card."
Italian cops say the motive for murder is still unclear. Solomon's family was first told this was a mugging. But believe it's more sinister than that. His parents have traveled to Rome in search of more answers.
Back home in Spring Green Wisconsin, where Beau Solomon graduated high school, a tight-knit community is mourning their loss.
"Today was about the worst day of my life.” Says Anders Wermuth.
Hundreds showed up to remember their former starting quarterback.
"Everybody knew Beau,” says Brian Key of the River Valley Schools. “It's really a testament to our community.
Wermuth adds, “To hear about your best friend, you really didn't even get a chance to say goodbye to him."
Solomon's family says he survived a rare form of cancer as a child. Now they`re left wondering how they will survive this...