MONTREAL – A second close associate of a reputed high-level Montreal mobster has been killed in Montreal. Vincenzo Scuderi, 49, was shot Thursday night outside his home in St. Leonard, the historic centre of Montreal’s Italian community. Police have made no arrests.
Scuderi was connected to Raynald Desjardins, a major player in Montreal’s organized crime circles who was once close to Mob boss Vito Rizzuto. Scuderi was the second close associate of Desjardins murdered in the past several weeks; Gaetan Gosselin, 69, was assassinated on the street in Montreal on Jan 22.
The current relationship between Desjardins and Rizzuto is unclear.
Mafia experts and sources tell QMI Agency that the once-close relationship between the two men is likely over. Desjardins is currently awaiting trial for the murder of the former head of New York’s Bonanno crime family. Salvatore Montagna body was pulled from a river north of Montreal at the end of 2011.
As the violence Montreal continues among men associated with the Mafia, the head of the city’s police told QMI Agency that once-separate factions are uniting.
Marc Parent, in an interview with QMI this week, said that members of the Italian Mafia, the Hells Angels, as well as street gangs are working together to make money.
He said the return of Rizzuto from U.S. prison in October has spurred organized crime members to “establish their territory.”
This new partition of the city has been bloody. It is still unclear how the alleged union between the city’s crime circles and the latest violence is connected, if at all.