Three-year-old Nicola Campolongo or "Coco" is among three people murdered in what Italian police suspect may be a "revenge attack" involving rival clans from the drug-trafficking 'Ndrangheta or Calabrian Mafia as reported by news.com.au: "the boy, a man believed to be his grandfather and a woman believed to be his 52-year-old grandfather's Moroccan girlfriend were found in a burnt-out car in an isolated spot in the Calabria region on Sunday."
Police initially were unable to determine how many bodies were in the torched vehicle because they were so badly burnt as reported by ANSA.
The toddler was living with his grandfather Salvatore Iannicelli because the parents are in prison for drug trafficking, and Iannicelli apparently was targeted for failing to pay a drug debt as reported by Hannah Roberts for the Daily Mail: "on the roof of the torched car was a single unmarked 50 cent coin, an apparent symbol from the assassins that Mr Iannicelli had not paid his debt."
It's a myth that the mob respects children.
For example, fugitive Sicilian Mafia boss Matteo Messina Denaro has been convicted for, among other things, his role in murdering Giuseppe Di Matteo, the 13-year-old son of mobster-turned-informant Santino Di Matteo, who "was kept by abductors for nearly two years before being strangled and dissolved in acid in January 1996" as reported by ANSA.
In recent years the Calabrian Mafia has eclipsed the Sicilian Mafia as Italy's most powerful crime group due to its obscene profits from the cocaine trade in Europe, and it has become entrenched in Australia, Canada and the United States with surprisingly little push back from law enforcement in those countries.
The Calabrian Mafia is suspected of backing a breakaway group from the Sicilian Mafia in Montreal, QB Canada for control over the drug rackets, and the turf war has resulted in dozens of murders over the last few years.
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