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Funeral held in Montreal for Mafia boss Vito Rizzuto

MONTREAL – Bells pealed as Vito Rizzuto‘s casket was carried out of a Montreal church on Monday following a funeral service for the reputed Mafia boss.

At least six limousines were waiting outside the Notre-Dame-de-la-Defense Church in the heart of Montreal’s Little Italy.

Hundreds of mourners attended the hour-long service.

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“It was a very simple funeral,” said Igino Incantalupo, the priest who oversaw the ceremony.

“People displayed a very, very surprising level of calm and seriousness.”

In pictures: Funeral for Vito Rizzuto in Montreal’s Little Italy

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On December 30, 2013, Vito Rizzuto was remembered at a mass at the Church of the Madonna della Difesa, where the funerals for his father and eldest son, both shot and killed in separate incidents, were also held. Domenic Fazioli/Global News
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A glimpse inside the Notre-Dame-de-la-Defense Church in the heart of Montreal’s Little Italy where the funeral for reputed Mafia boss Vito Rizzuto was held on December 30, 2013. Domenic Fazioli/Global News
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Montreal police cruise past the church in Little Italy where the funeral was held for reputed Mafia boss Vito Rizzuto on December 30, 2013. Domenic Fazioli/Global News
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Cars line up in the streets outside the church in Little Italy where the funeral was held for reputed Mafia boss Vito Rizzuto on December 30, 2013. Domenic Fazioli/Global News
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Flowers were prominently dislayed at the service for reputed Mafia boss Vito Rizzuto in Montreal on December 30, 2013. Domenic Fazioli/Global News
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One of the floral arrangements spotted on a limousine at the funeral for reputed Mafia boss Vito Rizzuto featured a golf bag with "Vito.". Domenic Fazioli/Global News
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Investigators conduct surveillance at funeral of reputed mafia boss Vito Rizzuto on December 30, 2013. Domenic Fazioli/Global News
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The body of the 67-year-old alleged mob boss. Vito Rizzuto, was carried in a gold-coloured coffin. Domenic Fazioli/Global News
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Pallbearers carry the coffin of reputed mafia boss Vito Rizzuto from a church in Montreal, Monday, Dec. 30, 2013, following his funeral. Graham Hughes/The Canadian Press
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Pallbearers carry the coffin of reputed mafia boss Vito Rizzuto from a church in Montreal, Monday, Dec. 30, 2013, following his funeral. Rizzuto died last week from natural causes. Graham Hughes/The Canadian Press
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Leonardo Rizzuto steps into a waiting car after his father, Vito Rizzuto's funeral in Montreal on December 30, 2013. Domenic Fazioli/Global News
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Vito Rizzuto's daughter Bettina (right) and daughter-in-law Eleonora Ragusa (left) attend his funeral in Montreal on December 30, 2013. Domenic Fazioli/Global News
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A flower decoration dedicated to "Nonno" (grandfather) Vito Rizzuto at his funeral in Montreal on December 30, 2013. Domenic Fazioli/Global News

People who tried to get into the service were screened and asked if they were family.

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Despite frigid temperatures, dozens of people watched the scene unfold from across the street.

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Marjolaine Martin, 65, grew up nearby and said she’s attracted by the mystery of the family.

She came to watch the funeral of Rizzuto’s father and son as well.

“When I think that when I grew up here and played in the neighbourhood, and they were probably around here,” Martin said.

“We don’t know their secrets, that’s for sure, but their names are mentioned all the time in the newspapers and on the news.”

Rizzuto, 67, died of natural causes in a Montreal hospital last Monday.

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Experts say he was the leader of an organized crime ring that had influence across Canada and beyond.

After being released from a U.S. prison in 2012, Rizzuto reputedly regained control over much of his turf.

Rizzuto’s father and son were gunned down while he was in prison.

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