The son and grandson of notorious Canadian mobsters was shot dead in Ontario this week in what local police are calling a ‘targeted’ killing.
Cece Luppino, 44, whose father is 81-year-old mafia boss Rocco Luppino, was killed at an upscale home owned by his parents on Mountain Brow Boulevard in Hamilton just before 6pm on Wednesday.
When paramedics arrived at the scene, the younger Luppino was ‘obviously deceased,’ having been shot from a close range. His newlywed wife was not home at the time.
Detective Sgt. Peter Thom, of the Hamilton Police Service, told reporters that investigators are trying to determine whether the fatal shooting is linked to organized crime in the area, which has long been controlled by three clans – the Violi/Luppinos, Papalias and the Musitanos.
Hit: Cece Luppino, 44, the son and grandson of notorious Canadian mobsters, was shot dead in Ontario this week in what local police are calling a ‘targeted’ killing
Police found Luppino fatally shot from a close range inside his father’s home in Hamilton, Ontario, Wednesday
Newlywed: Cece (left and right) was a businessman and had no criminal record. He had only recently gotten married
However, Thom stressed that Cece Luppino did not have a criminal record and had no history of run-ins with police.
Police were reviewing surveillance video from the Luppino home and nearby houses in search of clues.
Cece worked for his family’s real estate business and cafe in Stoney Creek, reported
Cece Luppino’s shooting death is Hamilton’s third murder apparently related to the mafia in the past two years. In each case, the victim was targeted inside his family home.
Angelo Musitano, 39, was gunned down in his driveway in May 2017, and Albert Iavarone, 50, was shot outside his home in September of last year. The two cases remain unsolved to this day.
Cece’s father and his uncle Natale are both ‘made’ men with alleged ties to the Todaro crime family operating in Buffalo, New York. Rocco was convicted of crimes related to extortion back in 1979.
Cece’s other uncle, Paolo Violi, was killed in Montreal in 1978 during a turf war with a rival crime family, reported
Cece’s father, Rocco, was convicted of counts related to extortion in the late 70s (pictured in handcuffs, left). Rocco’s nephew Domenico Violi, 52 (right), was recently found guilty of trafficking in fentanyl and cocaine
Cece’s grandfather, notorious Canadian mafia boss Giacomo Luppino, passed away in 1987, aged 88 (picture from his funeral)
Rocco’s nephews, Domenico and Giuseppe Violi, were recently found guilty of trafficking in fentanyl and cocaine and sentenced to eight and 16 years in prison, respectively, reported
Cece’s grandfather was the Italian-born Giacomo Luppino, who was a powerful crime boss in Canada during the 1960s and 70s. The patriarch passed away in 1987.
According to family lore, Giacomo cut off a rival’s ear in his hometown of Castellane, Calabria, and carried the severed organ as a souvenir in his wallet for many years.