On this day in 1997 a Buffalo Crime Family capo by the name of John Papalia was shot several times in front of his business on Railway Street in Hamilton, as well as his right-hand man Carmen Barillaro who was shot two month down the line. The orders for the hit came from a rival gang called the Musitano’s in a pledge to take over Papalia’s business. Papalia was heavily involved in both the ‘French’ and ‘Pizza’ Connection which were two of the biggest drug operations ever seen.
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