Gambino crime family boss Frank Cali shot, killed

Leroy Wright
March 14, 2019

Francesco Cali, 53, was found with multiple gunshot wounds to his body outside his home on Staten Island, according to the New York Police Department.

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

The organization reportedly focused its efforts on heroin and Oxycontin trafficking under his leadership.

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

After his release, the feds tried to bar him from meeting with members of the Sicilian Mafia, and demanded that he avoid contact with his uncle, Giovanni Gambino - the nephew of late boss Carlo Gambino, for whom the family was named - except at weddings or holiday celebrations approved in advance.

Police said there have been no arrests and an investigation is ongoing.

According to reports, Cali's death marks the highest ranking member of a NY crime family to be murdered in decades.

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

NY media say it is the first killing of a family boss in the city since the Gambino family's Paul Castellano was shot dead outside a restaurant in 1985 on the orders of John Gotti.

It is believed he only had one criminal conviction, for conspiring to extort money in 2008 for which he served 16 months in prison. Cali was married to Rosaria Inzerillo.

Cali had been considered a unifying figure in the crime family, in the years after John Gotti was convicted and sent to prison by cooperating mob witnesses.

The shooting wasn't the only recent mob assassination in NY.

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.

The last mob boss to be killed was Paul Castellano, also the leader of the Gambino crime family at the time, who was murdered outside Sparks Steakhouse in Midtown Manhattan in 1985.

Unlike other mobsters, Cali had few run-ins with the law.

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