Alleged New York mob boss shot and killed on Staten Island

Reputed Gambino Crime Boss Frank Cali Shot Dead In Front Of Staten Island Home

Witnesses to the crime said the killers reportedly ran over Cali's body with a blue pickup truck after he was shot to make sure he was dead, according to the police, as The Daily Beast reported.

Witnesses reported hearing at least a half-dozen shots, police said.

Mob boss Francesco "Franky Boy" Cali, of the Gambino crime syndicate, was fatally shot outside his home in Staten Island Wednesday night, police sources said. "The man was on the ground face-up".

Cali is the highest-ranking member of a crime family to be murdered in New York in decades, New York ABC station WABC reported.

PHOTO: Francesco Cali, 53, was murdered outside his home in Staten Island, New York, on Wednesday, March 13, 2019.

He was believed to have had deep ties to the mafia in Italy: As Staten Island Live reports, Cali "was born in Brooklyn and married into the Inzerillo family of Palermo and cultivated close ties with members of the Siderno cartel in Italy". Unlike the well-dressed Dapper Don of the late 80s and early 90s, Cali had kept a low profile.

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.

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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.

In 2012, Cali was identified as the new underboss of the Gambino crime family.

During his reign, Cali was the backbone of the heroin and Oxycontin trade, according to The New York Post.

He pleaded guilty to extortion, serving 16 months in prison for his part in a scheme related to a proposal to build a NASCAR track in Staten Island.

In 2015, Cali was named boss, replacing 68-year-old Domenico Cefalu, who was forced to step down due to old age, New York Daily News and USA Today reported.

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.

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