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Daily World News,
The 6.2 magnitude quake struck a cluster of mountain communities as they slept 85 miles east of Rome on Wednesday. 14-year-old Marcos Burnett, Will Henniker-Gotley, 55, and his wife Maria, 51, from Londonwere among the victims.
The couple alongside Marcos and his family were staying in the same property in Sommati, near Amatrice, when the quake struck.
He had been the captain of his year's basketball team and was described as "utterly charming, personable and engaging company".
Marcos’ parents Anne-Louise and Simon Burnett, were both taken to hospital after the quake.
Their daughter also survived alongside Mr and Mrs Henniker-Gotley’s children, believed to be aged 12 and 14.
Mrs Henniker-Gotley, 51, from Stockwell, south London, was a finance manager at The Prince's Foundation for Children & the Arts in Bethnal Green, east London, while her husband, 55, is thought to have worked as an IT consultant. Most of the buildings in the quake zone had no anti-seismic protection, but even some of those that did, including a school in Amatrice that was renovated in 2012, fell apart.
Magistrates have opened an investigation into some of the incidents, including the collapse of a belltower in the town of Accumoli, which smashed through the roof of an adjacent building killing a family of four.
Prosecutor Giuseppe Saieva, who is leading the investigation, said: "What happened cannot just be considered fate.
"If these buildings had been constructed like they are in Japan then they would not have collapsed.”