Moreno Gallo, 68, was dining with friends Sunday night at an Italian restaurant in the Mexican resort when a man suddenly appeared and shot him to death with a 9mm pistol.
It was the culmination of a remarkable fall from grace for Gallo. About a decade ago, many Canadian mob-watchers thought he could become godfather of the Montreal Mafia. the Globe and Mail said.
In their book Mafia Inc., crime writers André Cédilot and André Noël say Gallo was tabbed as a potential leader of the Rizzuto gang, the family that has long dominated mob activity in Montreal. He was reportedly part of the group’s inner circle and helped mediate disputes over narcotics sales.
But he chose the losing side in a struggle for control of organized crime in that city, the newspaper reported.
Gallo was regarded as disloyal to Vito Rizzuto, a mob boss who returned to Canada last year after spending 5 1/2 years behind bars in the United States for his role in gangland killings in Brooklyn decades earlier.
In 2005, before he turned against the Rizzutos, Royal Canadian Mountain Police investigators filmed Nicolo Rizzuto, the family patriarch, stuffing piles of cash into his socks at a dinner. Gallo gave Rizzuto a two-inch wad of cash to put into his socks.
The video served as key evidence for Canadian authorities to use against Gallo. An Italian immigrant and permanent resident of Canada, he was on parole for a 1974 murder, and the video helped the Canadian government argue successfully for Gallo’s expulsion from the country last year.
Gallo incurred the wrath of the Rizzuto family by backing a rival New York-based clan that attempted unsuccessfully to seize control of the Montreal mob. But the family remains in control, and many observers suspect it was behind Gallo’s slaying.
According to CBC News
, Gallo had been lobbying the Canadian government for permission to re-enter the country since his expulsion in January 2012.
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