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Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Wealthy Montreal mobster murdered in Mexico

Wealthy Montreal baker Moreno Gallo fled Canada’s ongoing Mafia wars, only to be slain by a gunman dressed in black in front of a crowd of witnesses at an Acapulco pizzeria.

Gallo, 68, was apparently a victim of what Daniel Renaud of La Presse newspaper calls “the slow but inevitable vengeance” of Montreal’s Sicilian Mafia when he was gunned down Sunday night.

The gunman reportedly walked up and pumped several 9-mm shots at close range into his head.

At the time of his death, Gallo was considered disloyal to Mafia boss Vito Rizzuto, who returned to Canada in October 2012 after serving five-and-a-half years in a Colorado prison for his role in three gangland slayings in Brooklyn in 1981.

Gallo was slain three years to the day after Rizzuto’s father, Nicolo Rizzuto Sr., was shot dead by a sniper in the kitchen of his mansion, in front of his wife and daughter.

Salvatore Calautti of the GTA, a suspect in the murder of Rizzuto Sr., was killed outside a Vaughan banquet hall in July. His murder remains unsolved, but sources say he bragged about killing the Rizzuto patriarch.

This isn’t the first time the Canadian Mafia war has apparently spilled over to another country.

In April, former Mississauga resident Juan Ramon Fernandez, who was known in the GTA as Johnny Bravo, and his close friend Fernando Pimentel were murdered in Sicily.

Like Gallo, they had both been considered close to Rizzuto at one point but had fallen out of favour.

La Presse noted that Gallo had been thought of as an arbitrator of sorts for a consortium of Mob bosses who tried to replace Vito Rizzuto.

By the time Gallo left Canada almost two years ago, it was an open secret that his life was in danger.

At the time of his departure, some members of the underworld were calling him “Turkey,” a sign of obvious disrespect.

He settled in Acapulco, where a friend ran a hotel.

According to reports, Gallo was present last spring at a meeting of leaders of the Montreal Mafia clans in the Dominican Republic, led by Vito Rizzuto.

He was convicted of second-degree murder in 1974 for the slaying of a drug dealer.

Gallo told the parole board that the murder four decades ago was a public service of sorts.

“The victim was apparently a drug dealer dealing drugs in your younger sister’s school,” a parole board detention review heard. “You had warned the person to stop but he had continued. You say that it was self-defence. That you killed him on the 2nd of September, 1973. However, you had a Beretta 9-mm pistol and an accomplice.”



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