( 4UMF NEWS ) Gotti Fight Breaks Out At Cemetery:
It was mob mayhem at its most macabre.
The Queens funeral of John Gotti’s favorite nephew devolved into a shocking scene of family dysfunction as the dead man’s mom chased her ex with a tree branch — furious her son was being buried with strangers, the Daily News has learned.
Joseph Gotti, who beat brain cancer and always served as an upbeat inspiration to the Dapper Don, shot himself in the stomach Aug. 19 in an apparent suicide, sources said. The 42-year-old son of reputed Gambino captain Richard V. Gotti was found by the landlord of his Long Island home, sources said. He did not leave a note.
His burial at Calvary Cemetery in Woodside was marred by a nasty fight between his divorced parents.
Joseph’s dad had decided to lay his son to rest in a family plot owned by a woman believed to be his current wife — not in the Gotti crypt at St. John’s Cemetery in Middle Village, Queens. Joseph’s mother Mary was at first unaware that her boy was being buried with the woman’s relatives because the tombstone was obscured by a floral arrangement.
But when the flowers were moved — and she saw another family name, not Gotti — Mary went ballistic. Former mob prince John (Junior) Gotti had to restrain her as she chased Richard with a broken tree branch, according to a source who spoke on the condition of anonymity.
“Some people were so upset that he was being buried there they wanted to have everything moved to St. John’s right away,” the source said. “The family is in total shock.”
The suicide was apparently tied to Joseph’s declining health, sources said. Joseph Gotti had suffered from seizures with increasing frequency after undergoing surgery as a teenager to remove a brain tumor.