Publicado: Vie, Marcha 15, 2019
Global | Por Milagro Delgado

Alleged Gambino Crime Family Boss Frank Cali Shot Dead Outside Home

Alleged Gambino Crime Family Boss Frank Cali Shot Dead Outside Home

Cali was rushed to Staten Island University North Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Gotti died while in prison in 2002 of throat cancer and Gambino died in 1976.

According to local media in New York, Cali took the helm of the family in 2015, replacing Domenico Cefalu.

NY media say it is the first killing of a family boss in the city since the Gambino family's Paul Castellano was shot dead outside a restaurant in 1985 on the orders of John Gotti.

Chief of Detectives Dermot Shea said there has been a slight urise in alleged mob-related violence in NY within the past year.

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.

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

Business Insider said Cali essentially was in charge of New York City's city's food industry and was worth an estimated $30 million.

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Cali, 53, was shot in the chest six times by an unidentified gunman who sped away in a blue pickup truck, reported The New York Daily News.

Federal prosecutors had referred to Cali in court filings in recent years as the underboss of the Gambino organization.

"It takes a certain type of evil to murder a friend in their own home, and then console the grieving relatives", said Federal Bureau of Investigation assistant director in charge William Sweeney.

Cali's demeanor, while he was alive, was completely unlike the manner John Gotti conducted himself, the latter an extravagant and ostentatious mobster the Mob hadn't seen since the days of Al Capone.

The day after Castellano's December 1985 murder, The New York Times called the Mob boss' death "highly stylized", but Giuliani dismissed such morbid romanticism. He was sentenced to 16 months behind bars and was released in 2009. In October, reputed Bonanno associate Sylvester Zottola was fatally shot while waiting for a cup of coffee at a McDonald's drive-thru in the Bronx.

A Brooklyn native who catered to immigrants and descendants of his parents' native Sicily, Cali became a capo before turning 40, barely a decade before he was "made" - considered by many to be a swift rise, federal authorities said.

"Papa! Papa!" one man cried before laying down on the grass, sobbing, the witness recounted.

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