President Recep Tayyip Erdogan couldn’t control his emotions as he broke down in tears while speaking at the funeral of his old friend who was killed during the coup.
Erol Olcak and his 16-year-old son were shot dead on the Bosphorous bridge while protesting against the coup.
Erdogan told a crowd of hundreds chanting Allahu akbar, “God is greatest”: “Erol was an old friend of mine.”
“I cannot speak any further. Condolences to our nation.”
He concluded: “May God have mercy on your soul.”
Olcak had worked with Erdogan and the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) and had been described as “masterminding” Erdogan’s presidential campaign in 2014 by Turkish media.
The ceremony on the Asian side of the city was also attended by Ahmet Davutoglu, the former prime minister.
Earlier in the day, Erdogan attended the funerals of other victims in Fatih mosque.
In total, 261 civilians and regular troops were killed while another 104 coup plotters were also killed.