Mafia 'Hit' on 3-Year-Old Rattles Italy
'Coco' Campolongo was gunned down with his grandfather
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Jan 28, 2014 4:29 PM CST
File photo of a police car in Italy.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – Little Nicola "Coco" Campolongo has become the latest focal point in Italy for anger against the mafia. As the Daily Beast explains, the toddler was executed along with his grandfather and his grandfather's companion over an apparent drug debt. The killers shot all three in the head, and their bodies were found in a burnt-out car. Police say a 50-cent coin left on the roof is the telltale sign that the executions were carried out over a drug debt. But a 3-year-old? "How could anyone kill a tiny creature of just three years in this way?” said a prosecutor on the case. “It is unheard of. It is beyond horrendous.”

Pope Francis—hardly revered by organized crime—has weighed in and called on the killers to repent, reports Reuters. "This violence against such a small child seems without precedent in the history of crime," he said. Indeed, Coco is believed to be the youngest victim of a direct mafia hit, writes the Daily Beast's Barbie Latza Nadeau. The child's parents are in jail on drug charges, and the case is drawing increased attention to kids in southern Italy who grow up in neighborhoods run by crime syndicates.

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Feb 3, 2014 12:35 AM CST
We live in a self centered world surrounded by vile human beings who don't deserve to breathe the air they are given.
Jan 30, 2014 6:35 PM CST
Let all help the kids, pope, victim in all country let find a way to sabotage the mafia let start now must be 100 of legal way. help me think of a few report their hidden property. inform on their drug shipment .their hidden money their mafia connection you think of more legal way to sabotage let start now or do we wait till more people get killed or do we care it only our country & people let fight more honest people hate mafia some are scared but I feel 95%OF THE PEOPLE HATE CRIME FIGGURE SO WE ARE STRONGER eND THE MAFIA LIFE STYLE
Jan 29, 2014 5:02 PM CST
Pay your debts. >:P