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Grief in El Palo as hundreds turn out for two-year-old's funeral

Large crowds gathered to pay their respects.
Large crowds gathered to pay their respects. / Ñito Salas
  • Julen's body was taken to a chapel of rest in the close-knit seaside district of El Palo in Malaga

After Julen's body had been examined by pathologists on Saturday morning, it was taken to a chapel of rest in the close-knit seaside district of El Palo in Malaga, where the boy lived. Crowds from the local community gathered to offer their condolences to his parents, José Rosseló and Vicky García, who have been shadowed by psychologists offering support at all times.

One neighbour said, "At least we all stuck together. And we'll continue like that. Because Julen and his family deserve it."

Both the city of Malaga and the small neighbouring municipality of Totalán announced three days of mourning and flags flew at half mast.

Many public figures, including King Felipe, had sent messages of sympathy, while local politicians and officials, as well as many of those involved in the rescue, also came to pay their respects.

On Sunday the private funeral service was held at the cemetery in El Palo while hundreds gathered outside.