In what was reputed to be the first murder of a high-ranking member of the Mafia in roughly 30 years, Frank Cali, reputedly the boss of the Gambino crime family, was shot to death in front of his Staten Island home on Wednesday night.
At the time, it was said that Cali and others allegedly arranged, through force and threat of force, to receive cash payments from someone who had worked on the project.
The 77-year-old, who'd in the past been arrested in connection with loan sharking, was found dead in his Brooklyn home in October 2018. A police spokesman was unable to provide a description of the... "I just heard the pow-pow-pow-pow-pow", said the 58-year-old neighbor. EMS responded to the scene and transported Cali to Staten Island University North, where he was pronounced dead.
Cali, who had Sicilian lineage, is part of a "resurgence" in mob activity and reportedly concentrated on the heroin and OxyContin trade, according to The New York Post. Officials, however, have not disclosed whether Cali was mowed down by the vehicle.
Chief of Detectives Dermot Shea said there has been a slight urise in alleged mob-related violence in NY within the past year.
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A man said by federal prosecutors to be a top leader of the Gambino mob family was fatally shot outside his home in NY on Wednesday night.
They said distraught family members ran outside after the shots were fired. One man kneeled down next to Cali's body and sobbed, "Papa!" Papa!' as a woman shouted into her phone: 'Why doesn't the ambulance come? "He's not breathing!" the witness told the Daily News. "This was something to send a message and make sure that it was heard loud and clear", said David Shapiro, former special agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
The body of former mob boss John Gotti is carried from Papavero Funeral Home in the Queens borough of NY 15 June 2002. The 85-year-old was serving a 100-year federal prison sentence after his conviction on racketeering and murder charges in the famous mid-'80s "Commission trial".
"Franky Boy" Cali, 53, was shot several times and run over by a blue pickup truck in the island's Todt Hill section around 9:15 p.m., according to multiple reports.
Later, in November 2008, Weinstein lowered the prison term to 16 months after prosecutors recalculated the victim's loss as $8,000, not $13,000.
In 1992, Gotti was convicted in Castellano's murder and a multitude of other crimes.