Updated news on the Gambino, Genovese, Bonanno, Lucchese and Colombo Organized Crime Families of New York City.

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Rizzuto Mobster Gunned Down In Montreal

In Montreal QC, Canada two men were shot to death including 66-year-old Rizzuto crime family leader Agostino Cuntrera as reported by The Gazette
Shots erupted at the corner of Du Creusot and Magloire Streets, outside a company owned by Agostino Cuntrera. * * * No suspect has been apprended, police said. Witnesses reported seeing a black Chevrolet Impala leaving the scene.
The identity of the second victim has not yet been identified.  Last month reputed consigliere Paola Renda apparently was kidnapped off the streets, and last December Nick Rizzuto Jr., the son of the crime family's imprisoned reputed boss Vito Rizzuto, was gunned down.  Meanwhile, Vito Rizzuto, serving a 10-year sentence at a federal penitentiary in Florence, CO following his 2007 racketeering conviction involving the 1981 murder of three Bonanno crime family capos in New York City, wants early release.

UPDATE:  Cuntrera's driver and bodyguard who also was killed in the shooting ambush has been identified as "convicted cocaine trafficker Liborio Sciascia," and police previously had warned Cuntrera of a threat against his life as reported by Peter Edwards and Andrew Chung for The Star:  "the aging mafioso responded by stockpiling weapons, purchasing an armoured car, and travelling with a bodyguard." Montreal police now are saying that the double murder "is linked to a turf war between two mafia families" as reported by CTV:
Some experts believe the incident is related to the Calabrian clan, a rival family of the Sicilians. "The Calabrians are from Ontario, and they want to take over the mafia in Montreal," said Andre Cedilot, a former La Presse reporter and organized crime specialist. "They want to take the power back to the Calabrians." * * * Cedilot believes the rivalry between the two families is only heating up. He says there will likely be more bloodshed in 2012 when Vito Rizutto is released from prison. 
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