Killing of New York crime boss Cali doesn’t appear to be mafia-related

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The fatal shooting death last week of reputed New York crime boss Francesco “Frank” Cali does not appear to be mafia related according to sources quoted by CNN.

A 24-year-old man has been taken into custody in connection with the murder.
NYPD Chief of Detectives Dermot Shea identified the arrested man as Anthony Comello who is now being held in a New Jersey jail and will be formally charged with the murder of Cali.

Shea didn’t give details about how Comello became a suspect.

But CNN quoted sources with knowledge of the investigation that indicated that Comello had some kind of relationship with one of Cali’s family members, and the mob boss disagreed with the relationship. Comello took offence to that and it sparked the killing.

Mafia boss Frank Cali
A handout photo provided by the Italian Police Press Office in 2008, showing mafia boss Frank Cali.

Cali, 53, was a high-ranking member of the Gambino organized crime family and was believed to be the acting boss. He was found dead last Wednesday after being shot 10 times outside his Staten Island residence.

The last time a high-ranking Mafia figure like Mr. Cali was murdered was in 1985, when the Gambino chief Paul Castellano was assassinated.
Via CNN and The New York Times

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