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Alleged Gambino Crime Boss Shot, Killed Outside Staten Island Home

16 March 2019

The reputed boss of New York's Gambino crime family, Francesco "Frank" Cali, was shot dead outside his NY home, police said.

United States media reported that Cali's death marked the first murder of a NY mob boss in 34 years, since the death of Paul Castellano - another Gambino family boss - by order of the infamous John Gotti, also known as Teflon Don.

Francesco "Franky Boy" Cali, 53, was found with multiple gunshot wounds to the torso outside his home on Hilltop Terrace in Todt Hill.

The body of mafia crime boss Paul Castellano lies on a stretcher outside the Sparks Steak House in New York after he and his bodyguard were gunned down Dec. 16 1985
Alleged Gambino Crime Boss Shot, Killed Outside Staten Island Home

According to the New York Daily News, Cali was shot six times in the chest by a someone in a blue pickup truck on Hilltop Terrace at around 9:15 p.m. He was rushed to Staten Island University Hospital North, where he was declared dead. Investigators haven't made any arrests in the hours that have passed but insists the case remains an open book until they publicly state otherwise. He was sentenced to 16 months behind bars and was released in 2009.

Castellano's death led to the rise of John "Dapper Don" Gotti, who then took over as Gambino family boss, running criminal enterprises ranging from gambling to money laundering to prostitution.

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Witnesses told local media of hearing at least six shots coming from outside, and seeing Cali's family members rushing outside and crying next to his body.

The murder reminded Mob fans of the last NY "hit" on a Mafia boss, almost 40 years ago.

The Gambino family was once considered the biggest organised crime group in the U.S., the New York Times reports, but began to decline after Gotti and other senior figures were jailed.

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

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. "But I guess old habits die hard". 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.

But he had been caught on CCTV cameras leaving and entering the house at the time of the murder, and his DNA was discovered from the trigger of the gun used to commit the crime.

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Alleged Gambino Crime Boss Shot, Killed Outside Staten Island Home