Accompanied by his father and brother the victim's body is being repatriated to Belgium today.
In recent days a spate of racist attacks targeting the young man appeared on social media. Mayor Alain Yzermans says such reactions are "unseemly and despicable". "Whatever attack happens people are ready with a judgement solely because of the victim's heritage."
The funeral is being held at the Yesil Camii (mosque) at 12:30PM.
On Monday several hundred friends and relatives of the deceased gathered in Houthalen to remember the victim. The Belgian flag at the town hall is flying at half mast.