Published: Thu, March 14, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Gambino crime family boss fatally shot at Staten Island home

Gambino crime family boss fatally shot at Staten Island home

But the underworld must be shaken by the news of reputed crime boss, Francesco "Franky Boy" Cali, being shot dead in front of his home in Staten Island.

No arrests have been made.

Cali, 53, was shot several times in the Todt Hill district of Staten Island on Wednesday evening and died later in hospital.

The Gambino Family was once among the most powerful criminal organizations in the US, but federal prosecutions in the 1980s and 1990s sent its top leaders to prison and diminished its reach.

"There are no arrests and the investigation is ongoing", a statement said.

Detectives stand over the body of reputed mob boss Paul Castellano, after his execution outside of Sparks Steakhouse on 46th St.in December 1985. That hit was ordered by Gotti, who later took over the family until being convicted of racketeering and Castellano's murder in 1992.

The shooting wasn't the only recent mob assassination in NY.

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Cali only had one criminal conviction, having spent 16 months for a 2008 federal extortion charge in connection with a failed bit to build a NASCAR race track in Staten Island.

He also had close ties through marriage to the Inzerillo family in Palermo, Sicily, having married Rosaria Inzerillo, a sister of Pietro Inzerillo and a relative of Gambino associate Frank Inzerillo.

Cali was the first NY crime family boss shot since 1985, when Paul Castellano, who owned a mansion on Todt Hill, was executed as he arrived at Sparks Steakhouse in Manhattan.

According to local media, Cali ascended through the ranks, becoming a powerful capo of organised crime before turning 40 - less than 10 years after becoming an inducted member.

Unlike other mobsters, Cali had few run-ins with the law.

The New York Times notes that Cali's murder came the same day Joseph Cammarano, thought to be the acting boss of the Bonanno crime family, was acquitted at trial.

On June 4, 2008, Cali pleaded guilty to conspiring to extort money.

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