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Mafia Boss Carried To Funeral In Golden Coffin

PTI 05 Jan 2010, 12:09:16 IST

The son of Canada's most powerful Mafia boss Vito Rizzuto was laid to rest in a golden coffin in Montreal, reports The Mail, London.

With a heavy police presence the body of Nick Rizzuto, son of the Montreal Mafia head, was carried through the streets of the city's Little Italy neighbourhood on Sunday.

Nick, was standing next to a black Mercedes last Monday when a gunman approached him and fired several shots into him. He died on the spot and the killer is at large. 

Most of the mourners at Notre-Dame-de-la Defense church remained tight-lipped as they filed out after the service, refusing to speak to reporters assembled outside. One burly man angrily ushered journalists out of the church after they tried to enter to watch the proceedings.

Family friend Ricardo Padulo recalled the younger Rizzuto, 42, as a 'gentleman'.

‘This turnout shows respect,' Padulo said. 'In the eye of God he's a great person. It was a beautiful service.'

His father Vito is currently serving a sentence in Colorado for racketeering related three Mafia murders in 1981 and was not seen at the funeral.

The victim's grandfather and namesake Nicolo Rizzuto Sr did attend wearing a dark cashmere coat and his trademark fedora. During the service, the priest, dressed in fuchsia robes, addressed the somber crowd in Italian.