Cars torched and word ‘rat’ painted on home of killed Hamilton mobster Pat Musitano’s close associate

Someone has painted the word “rat” on the garage door of a Hamilton man who was considered family to killed mobster Pasquale (Pat) Musitano.

Two cars were also torched around 2:30 a.m. Friday morning in the driveway of the home on Miles Road, between Rymal Road East and Twenty Road East.

The vandalism comes a week after Musitano, 52, was shot to death in a Burlington parking lot. The murder remains unsolved.

The home belongs to the family of Giuseppe Carmelo (Pino) Avignone, 59, who for decades was considered a loyal member of the Musitano crime family of Hamilton.

He is one of the two men who met with Musitano at the time of his murder last week.

Avignone felt so close to the family he sometimes called himself “Joe Musitano.”

The 1995 obituary of Dominic Musitano, Pat Musitano’s father, stated he was Avignone’s “dear father.”

Born in Taurianova, Reggio Calabria, Italy, Avignone was sent to an orphanage when his father died and then moved at age 13 to Canada to live with the Musitano family.

After arriving in Canada, Avignone was raised like a brother to Pat and Angelo Musitano in the family’s modest home on Colbourne Street1, near James Street North.

He held himself out to be intensely loyal to his new Canadian family.

In November 1991, Avigone told a Milton court that he and his uncles, Dominic and Tony Musitano, weren’t guilty of the murder of GTA mobster Domenic Racco, even though they all had pleaded guilty in the case.

“We were framed,” Avignone…

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