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Frank Cali Murder Sparks Speculations Of Gotti Connection

16 March 2019

A reputed NY crime boss was shot and killed outside a home Wednesday night.

The last Mafia boss to be shot to death in New York City was Gambino don Paul Castellano, assassinated outside a Manhattan steakhouse in 1985 at the direction of Gotti, who then took over.

Media, including the New York Post, reported that Cali was shot at least six or seven times and also run over by a blue pickup truck driven by the shooter, citing unidentified police sources.

Cali's body was found in an area of Staten Island that has been home to some of New York's most notorious mobsters and their families.

The motive for the attack was under investigation, police said.

Following Castellano's murder, Gotti headed the Gambino family until his incarceration for conspiracy and murder in 1992. Gotti took over the crime organization; he died of cancer, in prison, in 2002.

According to local media in NY, he took the helm of the Gambino family in 2015, replacing Domenico Cefalu.

Police are looking into whether this was the work of an organized crime gang, or a faction inside the Gambino family, including John Gotti's brother, Gene, who was just released just months ago after serving 29 years for dealing heroin.

The Gambino family is one of New York's five historic Italian Mafia families - along with the Genoveses, Luccheses, Colombos and Bonannos.

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

The post-Gotti chapter saw the mob's influence on the USA eastern seaboard wane - but Wednesday's hit threw NY back to its golden years of organized crime.

"We thought those days were over", Mayor Bill de Blasio said of Cali's slaying. 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.

Pandrella, 59, is accusing of shooting Zito in his own home and stealing money from him - before returning to the scene of the crime hours later to grieve with the older man's family.

Frank Cali Murder Sparks Speculations Of Gotti Connection