Tuesday, 19 March, 2019

Reputed Gambino crime boss shot to death in New York City

Gambino crime family boss Francesco Gambino crime family boss Francesco"Franky Boy Cali was gunned down
Andrew Cummings | 15 March, 2019, 02:26

Cali was shot outside his house in the Todt Hill section of Staten Island around 9:20 p.m. His wife and children were home at the time.

Witnesses reported hearing at least a half-dozen shots, police said.

Prosecutors claimed that Cali was the Gambinos' ambassador to the Sicilian mobsters and the go-between for the two organisations.

The head of one of the infamous five mob families of NY has been murdered.

Cali had been considered a unifying figure in the years after John Gotti, "Dapper Don", was convicted and sent to prison by cooperating mob witnesses, WPIX reported.

The New York Daily News reported in 2015 that cali had been made acting boss of the Gambino crime family: "Frank Cali, 49, of Staten Island, who has served on the family's ruling panel for several years, has been elevated to acting boss, replacing 68-year-old Domenico Cefalu, the website Ganglandnews.com reported Thursday".

"The Gambino crime family during Castellano's reign was the largest criminal organization in the USA, with law enforcement estimating it had some 250 "'made" members" and "more than 550 lower-ranking "associate' members".

Cops retrieve evidence from the scene where Mob boss Francesco Cali was clipped late Wednesday. THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Cops retrieve evidence from the scene where Mob boss Francesco Cali was clipped late Wednesday. THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

NY media say it is the first targeted killing of a mob boss in the city since 1985. The cases resulted in long prison terms for their bosses - Gotti included - and encouraged their successors to keep a lower profile.

Cali is the first mob boss to be murdered in NY since Gotti ordered the infamous hit on Gambino boss Paul Castellano, having him gunned down in front of Sparks Steak House in Manhattan in December 1985.

New York Police Department and New York City Fire Department units at the scene where mafia crime boss Francesco "Franky Boy" Cali, 53, was shot dead on Staten Island.

His murder is the first of a NY mob boss since Paul Castellano was famously assassinated at Sparks Steakhouse in 1985. 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".

Suspected Gambino crime boss Frank Cali was fatally shot outside his home in NY on Wednesday.

Last October, 71-year-old Sylvester Zottola, a reputed associate of the Bonanno organisation, was shot dead at a takeaway restaurant in the Bronx, New York.

Cali's killing comes less than a week after the death of legendary mobster Carmine Persico, the longtime boss of the Colombo crime family.

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