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Search for suspect in murder with mob ties stretches from Hamilton to Buffalo

Posted at 11:51 AM, Feb 14, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-15 06:21:51-05

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — The Hamilton Ontario Police Department are seeking help in identifying a murder suspect.

The Department reached out to Buffalo Police to share photos of the male in question. According to Hamilton Police, the male shot and killed Cece Luppino on January 30.

The CBC reports Luppino's father, Rocco, was convicted of extortion-related offenses in 1979. The CBC cited court documents filed by the RCMP, which show the family is connected to a web of organized crime stretching from Hamilton to Buffalo.

The CBC also reports the younger Luppino did not have a criminal record, and was not known to police.

The images shared by police come from security footage from the victim's home as well as the neighboring property. The suspect is described as male, black, average or athletic build, wearing a black waist-length winter coat black pants, black boots, and grey shirt.

Investigators are asking members of the public, who were in and around the area of the Bill Foley Parkette during that time, and who may have noticed a male matching the suspect or any other suspicious activity or vehicles in the park, particularly in the parking lot, to contact them.

If you have any information that you believe could assist police with the investigation into this crime, please contact Detective Doug Jonovich at 905-546-4863. To provide information anonymously call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or submit your anonymous tips online at