Published: Thu, March 14, 2019
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Gambino crime family boss fatally shot at Staten Island home

Gambino crime family boss fatally shot at Staten Island home

Cali, 53, was fatally shot multiple times to his torso shortly after 9 p.m. (0100 GMT on Thursday) in front of his home, police said.

Cali was rushed to Staten Island University Hospital North and declared dead, the sources said.

No description of a suspect is now available, and no arrests have been made, according to an NYPD spokesman.

He was charged in a massive 80-count racketeering indictment involving 62 alleged mob bosses, underlings and associates of the Gambino, Bonanno and Genovese crime families.

The family was headed by Domenico Cefalu until 2015, when Frank Cali took over as capo.

The last mob boss to be shot to death in New York City was Paul Castellano, who was killed outside of Sparks Steakhouse in Manhattan in 1985.

The appointment allowed Cali to join the ranks of former leaders like John Gotti and Carlo Gambino.


Cali, who was born and raised in NY, was the nephew-in-law of John Gambino and the great-nephew of Bonanno mobsters Vito Bonventre and Giovanni Bonventre.

After exiting a limousine outside the restaurant, Castellano and his underboss, Thomas Bilotti, were approached by three men in trench coats who shot them each about six times, the New York Times reported at the time. The house is listed under the name of Rosaria Inzerillo.

Otherwise known as "Franky Boy", Cali was considered the de facto godfather of the Gambino crime family, having served on its ruling panel for several years.

According to local media, Cali ascended through the ranks, becoming a powerful capo of organised crime before turning 40 - less than 10 years after becoming an inducted member.

In January 1997, an Federal Bureau of Investigation agent reportedly notified Italian police of Cali's distinctive standing as a member of crime families on both sides of the ocean, after he was "combined" into the Gambino family.

Prosecutors claimed that Cali was the Gambinos' ambassador to the Sicilian mobsters and the go-between for the two organisations.

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