A tiny town in northern Italy has opened its homes to mourners arriving from afar for the funeral of a 28-year-old doctoral student who was tortured and slain in Egypt, where he was doing research.

Dozens of Giulio Regeni's friends, arriving from many countries, were offered spare rooms and couches by townspeople because lodging is scarce in Fiumicello, a town of a few thousand people.

Residents posted signs reminding media that the funeral Friday afternoon is private and requesting that photos and videos not be taken.

The Cambridge University PhD candidate researching labor issues disappeared heading to an appointment Jan. 25, when security was intense in the capital Cairo for the anniversary of the uprising. Regeni's tortured body was found on Feb. 3. Italy is demanding Egypt find his killers.