|Canada/ Montreal|  Rizzuto war

Start: 2009

End: 2014

The Rizzuto war was a Mafia conflict in Montreal which started around 2009. One of the catalysts for the growing tensions was the RCMP, who had launched several crushing investigations to withdraw the power of the Rizzuto family. The 2006 Project Colisee in particular crippled the organization by locking up keymembers such as Francesco Arcadi, Lorenzo Giordano and Rocco Sollecito behind bars. In 2006 Boss Vito Rizzuto had been extradited to the US to stand trial in the three capo slayings, which dated back in 1981. He was sentenced in 2007 and was put behind bars in Colorado. The control of the massive drugnetwork, which ranges from North to South America and Europe, was open for the take.

In 2009 former Bonanno leader Salvatore Montagna was banned from the US by authorities and moved back to Montreal. According to some sources he was one of the benefactors to start a rebel group against the Rizzuto's. Old confidants such as Moreno Gallo, Joe Di Maulo, Raynald Desjardins and Juan Ramon Fernandez joined and formed the heads of the new coalition and found support with Toronto and Hamilton based 'Ndrangheta clans. Some of them, such as the Luppino clan from Hamilton, still wanted revenge for the slaying of Paolo Violi and his brothers and now had the perfect opportunity to do so. Tensions between 'Ndrangheta clans had already been visible earlier, for instance in 2005, when Calabrian drugdealer Sergio Piccirilli had a fall back with Francesco Arcadi and began to turn aggressive. Although no violence occurred back then, it is however possible that Piccirilli was also involved in the following warfare.

The first casualty linked to the warfare was Rizzuto associate Mario Marabella, a strongman for Agostino Cuntrera who disappeared in December 2008. In august 2009 Rizzuto drugdealer Fredrico Del Peschio was gunned down in broad daylight, presumably by hitman Joseph Ducarme. But it wasn't until the murder of Nick Rizzuto Jr., son of boss Vito Rizzuto, that things turned ugly. Top men of the Rizzuto clan, such as Nicolo Rizzuto, Paolo Renda and Agostino Cuntrera, were all targeted and killed within months to come. Also Salvatore Montagna was ultimately killed after he had fallen out with faction-leader Raynald Desjardins. All this time Rizzuto was unable to react while sitting behind bars. But since his release from prison in October 2012 he was destined to take measures. In the year following his release more than 10 people have been killed in revenge. In total the war has led to more than 30 mob related murders, some of which were even committed abroad. The Rizzuto war is the bloodiest warfare to hit Montreal history.

On December 23, 2013, boss Vito Rizzuto died of natural causes. His funeral service was being held at the Loreto funeral home, which is owned by the family. Giving the violence from the past few years his sudden and natural death came as a surprise. Not many were informed of his ill situation until he passed away. Rumored successors were Rocco Sollecito, Francesco Arcadi or the elder Domenico Manno. However, in May 2016 Sollecito was fatally shot as part of a new and final "cleanup".

War related deaths
Vincenzo Spagnolo (65)
Lieutenant of Vito Rizzuto. Died after being shot multiple times in front of his home in Laval.
October 16, 2016

Rocco Sollecito (67)
One of the highest ranking members of the old Rizzuto clan. Murdered whilst sitting in his white BMW SUV.
March 1, 2016

Lorenzo Giordano (52)
Close confidant of Vito Rizzuto and Francesco Arcadi. Shot dead at a parking lot in Laval.
March 1, 2016

The burial of Vito Rizzuto
Tonino Callocchia (53)
Member of rival faction and close associate of Joe Di Maulo. He was killed by 2 masked gunmen in a northwestern bistro.
December 1, 2014

Joseph Ducarme (46)
Leader of the 67s street gang. He was shot and killed in St-Michel Blvd as a delayed retaliation for the murder of Nick Rizzuto Jr.
August 4, 2014

Valentino Morielli (67)
Longtime Rizzuto associate and lieutenant. Like Rizzuto he passed away due to complications of lung cancer.
January 7, 2014

Vito Rizzuto (67)
Boss of the Montreal Mafia. Died unsuspectingly due to complications of lung cancer.
December 23, 2013

Roger Valiquette (54)
Associate of Tonino Callocchia and member of rival faction. Shot dead at parking lot in Laval.
December 19, 2013

Moreno Gallo (67)
Former close associate of Rizzuto. Member of the rival faction. Murdered in Acapulco, Mexico.
November 10, 2013

Salvatore Calautti (41)
Member of Canadian Ndrangheta. Suspect in murder of Nicolo Rizzuto. Was shot to death in his BMW X6M on a parking lot in Toronto.
James Tusek (30)
Associate of Salvatore Calautti. Shot to death near car of Calautti. Both had attended a bachelor party.
July 11, 2013

Giuseppe "Poneytail" De Vito (46)
Associated with Raynald Desjardins and the rebel faction. His wife is jailed for killing their two children. De Vito was arrested in 2010 and committed suicide by taking Cyanide poisoning in prison.
July 8, 2013

Execution spot of Juan Ramon
Fernandez and Fernando Pimentel in Sicily
Jamie Laramee (37)
Convicted murderer and associated to Rizzuto drugtrafficker Pietro D'Adamoa. Shot to Death in a bar in LaSalle, Montreal.
Cody Laramee (25)
Younger brother of Jamie. Killed at same location.
July 1, 2013

Juan Ramon Fernandez (56)
Spanish born. Former Toronto associate of Rizzuto family and leading member of rival faction. Murdered in Bagheria, Sicily, by Rizzuto gunmen Pietro and Salvatore Scaduto.
Fernando Pimentel (36)
Associate of Fernandez. Slain on same day.
April 9, 2013

Tonino Callocchia (51)
Cocaine smuggler. Member of rival faction. Shot several times but survived.
February 1, 2013

Vincenzo Scuderi (49)
Former Rizzuto associate, member of rival faction. Shot to Death in St-Leonard district of Montreal.
January 31, 2013

Gaetan Gosselin (69)
Brother-in-law of rival factionleader Raynald Desjardins. Shot to Death.
January 22, 2013

Domenico Facchina (37)
Associated with Giuseppe De Vito. Shot to death in St. Leonard district, another man was wounded.
December 21, 2012

Emilio Cordileone was killed
inside his SUV
Giuseppe Fetta (33)
Bodyguard of Francesco Arcadi. Shot and Wounded.
December 17, 2012

Emilio Cordileone (50)
Once close to the late Frank Cotroni. Member of rival faction. Shot to Death in Ahuntsic, Montreal.
December 8 2012

Tony Gensale (43)
Involved in kidnapping of Rizzuto ally. Shot to Death. Said to have been mistaken for Giuseppe Fetta.
November 15, 2012

Mohamed Awada (47)
Drugtrafficker and associate of Tony Gensale. Shot to Death.
November 7 2012

Joe Di Maulo (70)
Influencial Rizzuto member. Brother-in-law to Raynald Desjardins and leading member of rival faction. Shot to death outside Montreal home.
November 4, 2012

Riccardo Ruffolo (34)
Minor drugtrafficker associated with Vincenzo Armeni. Shot to Death in apartment.
August 11, 2012

Lamartine Paul Severe (42)
Member of Bo-Gars street gang. Gunman to Rizzuto ally Tony Magi. Shot to Death.
August 10, 2012

Walter Ricardo Gutierrez (60)
Former Rizzuto associate and member of rival faction. Shot to death in LaSalle neighbourhood.
July 15 2012

Giuseppe Renda (53)
US born, not related to Paolo Renda. Had close ties to Gerlando Sciascia, an Rizzuto ally. Disapeared. Last seen leaving home.
May 5, 2012

Salvatore Silletta (49)
Shot To death in Ahuntsic district.
March 14, 2012

Giuseppe Colapelle (38)
Associated to Salvatore Silletta and Agostino Cuntrera. Shot To death in St. Léonard district.
Steven Laporte (39)
Possibly unrelated to Colapelle shooting. Son of journalist André Laporte who wrote about organized crime for years. Shot To death east of Saint-Sauveur.
March 28, 2012

Salvatore Montagna was found
dead in Repentigny, Montreal
Antonio "Suzuki" Pietrantonio (48)
Associated with Lorenzo LoPresti. Shot and wounded.
December 15, 2011

Salvatore Montagna (40)
Former Bonanno family bigshot. Sided with rival faction, but murdered due to internal conflicts.
November 24, 2011

Lorenzo Lopresti (40)
Drugtrafficker and closely associated to Agostino Cuntrera. His father was killed 19 years prior. Shot to death in Montreals North End.
October 24, 2011

Raynald Desjardins (60)
Longtime Rizzuto associate. Leading member of rival faction. Shot at, but escaped. Hit was possibly arranged by Salvatore Montagna.
September 16, 2011

Antonio Di Salvo (44)
Closely associated to Francesco Del Balso and Francesco Arcadi. Shot to death in his home.
January 31, 2011

Nicolo Rizzuto (86)
Patriarch of the Rizzuto family and key member. Shot to death by a sniper.
November 10, 2010

Ennio Bruni (36)
Bodyguard and money-runner to the Rizzuto's. Shot to death.
September 29, 2010

Agostino Cuntrera (66)
Keymember of the Rizzuto family and cousin to Vito Rizzuto. Shot to death in St. Léonard.
Liborio Sciascia (40)
Bodyguard of Agostino Cuntrera. Shot to death with Cuntrera.
June 29, 2010

Paolo Renda (70)
Keymember of the Rizzuto family and brother-in-law to Vito Rizzuto. Went missing and is probably killed.
May 20, 2010

Joseph Ducarme (43)
Montreal gangleader. Possibly related to Nick Rizzuto Jr. shooting. Shot at, but escaped.
Peter Christopoulos (27)
Associated with Joseph Ducarme. Killed during shooting in which Ducarme espaced.
March 20, 2010

Kirk Murray (47)
Gangmember and convicted murderer. Said to have feared for his live. Shot to death at parking lot.
Funeral of Nick Rizzuto Jr.
Antonio Onesi (51)
Associated with Murray. Slain at same location.
January 26, 2010

Nick Rizzuto Jr. (43)
Son of boss Vito Rizzuto. Shot to death in Notre Dame de Grace district.
December 27, 2009

Frederico Del Peschio (59)
Durgtrafficker and Rizzuto member. Shot to death at restaurant in broad daylight.
August 21, 2009

Sam Fasulo (37)
Drugtrafficker and closely associated to Francesco Arcadi. Shot to death in car in Montreal North End.
January 27, 2009

Mario Marabella (40)
Convicted loanshark and Rizzuto associate. Kidnapped in Laval district. Never seen again.
December 13, 2008


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