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Mafia member gets his 3-year-old grandson killed by using him as human shield

By Mason White 5:54 PM October 14, 2015
Coco Campolongo 

By: Mahesh Sarin
(Scroll down for video) A mafia member and his 3-year-old grandson were killed by rivals who were angry that they were expanding into their territory, police in Italy said.

Two people had carried out the bloody attack in which 3-year-old Coco Campolongo was shot in the head along with his grandfather, Giuseppe Iannicelli.

Iannicelli girlfriend was also killed in the attack.

According to the police investigation, the two suspects were angry that Iannicelli had been trying to expand his business in Cosenza, a territory controlled by the Ndrangheta mafia family.

Iannicelli kept his 3-year-old grandson with him all the time, in order to use him as a human shield. The two suspects, Cosimo Donato and Faustino Campilongo, are already in jail serving a sentence for extortion.

The two attackers managed to lure Iannicelli to a quiet location by promising to purchase a large amount of drugs. When the grandfather arrived with his girlfriend and grandson, the two suspects shot and killed all of them.

Police found the child’s body strapped to a car seat of a burned car. The boy’s mother and father are in prison after being convicted of drug trafficking.