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Claudia Iacono: man accused of murder for the death of the daughter-in-law of the mafia boss


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An Ontario man has been charged with first-degree murder in the death of Claudia Iacono, the daughter-in-law of mob associate Moreno Gallo, after she was shot behind the wheel of her car in Montreal last month.

Joel Richard Clarke, 28, was arrested Tuesday in Milton, Ontario. and taken to Montreal, where he was indicted Wednesday in the May 16 shooting.

Iacono, a 39-year-old mother of two, was fatally shot in the parking lot of Salon Deauville Coiffure Spa, a salon she owns in Côte-des-Neiges. She was pronounced dead at the scene and her death marked the eighth homicide of the year in Montreal.

Commander Jean-Sébastien Caron, who heads the Montreal police’s main crime unit, announced the arrest at a news conference Wednesday, where he thanked the Ontario Provincial Police for their support in the investigation, which has not yet been concluded. .

“We’re looking for other suspects for sure,” said Caron, who praised his investigators for solving the crime so quickly.

“We are very, very proud of our team of investigators on this case…it is very rare to see an arrest for first degree murder within three weeks.”

The defendant is from Brampton, in the Greater Toronto area, and is “related to a multitude of violent events,” according to Caron. He is due back in court on July 13.

A day after the shooting, Montreal Police Chief Fady Dagher said he believed the killing was linked to organized crime. The victim was married to the son of Moreno Gallo, a man with ties to organized crime who was murdered in a restaurant in Acapulco, Mexico on November 10, 2013.

However, Caron was more secretive on Wednesday, declining to say whether or not the mob was involved and telling reporters the exact motive behind the killing was not yet known.

Mafia insiders have said the murder of a woman with ties to organized crime figures is a rare move in the mafia world.

Iacono’s murder is among other recent cases of shootings in broad daylight involving individuals with ties to the Montreal mob.

On Monday, Francesco Del Balso was shot and killed outside the Monster Gym in the suburb of Dorval.

Police suspected Del Balso was behind the mid-March assassination attempt on Leonardo Rizzuto, the son of the late Montreal mob godfather Vito Rizzuto. Leonardo Rizzuto survived the shooting on a highway in Laval and when he tried to leave the country a few days later, he was stopped by police at the Montreal-Trudeau airport.

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