Reputed Mob Boss Di Maulo Laid to Rest

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The short notes of condolence on wreaths affixed to five grey cars parked outside his funeral read like short chapters in the life of Joseph Di Maulo.

A funeral for the 70-year-old man who police believe was part of an ill-fated group that tried to take control of the Mafia in Montreal before he was killed this month, was held Wednesday at Notre Dame du Mont Carmel, a church in St. Léonard.

And as more than 200 relatives and friends mourned inside, floral arrangements sat, some bunched together, on the trunks of cars that were part of the procession as it made it way along Du Mans St. to the church. One ribbon on a wreath noted the flowers were from Raynald Desjardins, 59, who is currently in jail, charged with first-degree murder in last year's killing of 40-year-old Salvatore Montagna.

Desjardins was Di Maulo's brother-in-law. In 2011, both men are believed to have teamed up with Montagna on an aggressive campaign to take control over the Mafia in Montreal while Vito Rizzuto was serving a 10-year sentence in the U.S. for a racketeering conviction involving three murders. Montagna had briefly been the interim leader of the Bonanno crime family in New York.

Rizzuto's father Nicolo, the patriarch of the organization, was killed in 2010 and his brother-in-law, Paolo Renda, was kidnapped just months before police began hearing Di Maulo's name linked to Montagna's.

By September 2011, the coalition fell apart when someone tried to kill Desjardins in Laval.

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