January 31, 2016 4:54 pm

Motive unclear in alleged Toronto mob boss murder

Police investigate a death in Toronto Friday, Jan. 29, 2016. Police have one man in custody in connection with the death of an 87-year old man in a central Toronto neighbourhood Friday afternoon.


TORONTO — Police have not given a motive for Friday’s fatal shooting of a man reported to have ties with the mafia.

Fifty-one-year-old Domenico Scopelliti faces a first degree murder change in connection with the slaying of 87-year-old Rocco Zito.

Scopelliti appeared in court on the allegation yesterday, but it’s not known when he’ll be back before a judge.

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Media reports say he was Zito’s son-in-law, but police have not publicly confirmed this.

An expert of Canada’s Mafia says Zito was a major figure in the underworld organization, immigrating to Canada in the 1950’s.

Antonio Nicaso says Zito was an enforcer and made his money from gambling, money-lending and counterfeiting.

Nicaso says Zito served four years for manslaughter in the 80’s after being convicted of beating a man to death over an unpaid debt.

© 2016 The Canadian Press

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