Claudia Lacono Obituary, Death – After Claudia Iacono was shot while driving in Montreal a month ago, an Ontario man has been charged with the first-degree murder of her death. Iacono was the daughter-in-law of Mafia associate Moreno Gallo, and she was killed as she sat behind the wheel of her vehicle. Joel Richard Clarke, age 28, was taken into custody on Tuesday in Milton, Ontario, and transported to Montreal on Wednesday, where he was formally charged in connection with the shooting that occurred on May 16.
Iacono, a mother of two children aged 39 and owner of a salon in Côte-des-Neiges known as Salon Deauville Coiffure Spa, was killed in the parking lot of her salon on the day of the shooting. The medical examiner pronounced her dead at the spot, making her passing the eighth person to lose their life to a homicide in Montreal so far in 2018. At a news conference on Wednesday, the arrest was made by Cmdr. Jean-Sébastien Caron, who is the head of the serious crime unit for the Montreal police. He also praised the Ontario Provincial Police for their help throughout the investigation, which is not yet complete.
Caron, who commended his investigators for their rapid work in identifying the case, stated that his team would “absolutely” be looking for further suspects. “We are really pleased with the work that our team of investigators has done on this case… It happens only once in a blue moon that someone is arrested for first-degree murder within the first three weeks after the crime. According to Caron, the accused is from the city of Brampton, which is located within the Greater Toronto Area, and he is “related to a multitude of events of violence.” On July 13, he is scheduled to appear in court again.
The chief of police in Montreal, Fady Dagher, stated his belief that the killing was connected to organized crime exactly one day after the shooting. The deceased was married to Moreno Gallo’s son when he was murdered on November 10, 2013, in an Acapulco restaurant in Mexico. Moreno Gallo was a man with ties to organized crime who was killed in the restaurant. Caron was more tight-lipped on Wednesday, failing to disclose whether or not the Mafia was involved and telling reporters that the actual motivation behind the homicide was not yet known. However, the exact motive behind the homicide is not yet known.
According to specialists on the mafia, the murder of a lady who had ties to organized crime figures is an extremely unusual move in the world of the mafia. The slaying of Iacono is only one of several recent examples of shootings that have taken place in broad daylight and involved individuals with ties to Montreal’s Mafia.On Monday, Francesco Del Balso was fatally shot in the parking lot of the Monster Gym, which is located in the Dorval area.
The authorities had a strong suspicion that Del Balso was involved in the attempted murder that took place in the middle of March on Leonardo Rizzuto, who was the son of the late Vito Rizzuto, the Godfather of the Montreal Mafia. Leonardo Rizzuto was able to survive the gunshot that took place on a highway in Laval; nonetheless, the authorities prevented him from leaving the country a few days later when he attempted to leave through the Montreal-Trudeau airport.