From the BBC: Italian hostage defied killers. The Italian hostage killed by kidnappers in Iraq was a defiant hero in his final moments, Italian Foreign Minister Franco Frattini says. The dead man was identified as Fabrizio Quattrocchi, 36, a security guard. As the gunman’s pistol was pointing at him the hostage “tried to take off his hood and shouted: ‘now I’ll show you how an Italian dies,'” he said.
Sometimes, your only choice is to die poorly or die well. Bravissimo, Fabrizio. Ha mostrato il cuore di un leone. Il suo onore e il suo coraggio confondano i suoi assassini. Resta nello pace.