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IANIERO o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2006-03-07 published
Family says farewell to slain couple
'You shouldn't have to defend your name,' niece says, reacting to Mexican allegations
By Jeff GRAY/GREY with a report from Timothy APPLEBY and Canadian PRESS, Page A9
Woodbridge, Ontario -- At a funeral in front of hundreds of mourners, the grieving niece of the suburban Toronto couple found slain in their Mexican hotel room said her uncle should not have to defend his name from beyond the grave.
"At this time, you shouldn't have to defend your name," Rosanna IANIERO said in a eulogy at St. Clare of Assisi Church in Woodbridge, addressing the late Domenico IANIERO. "… There is only goodness attached to it."
Her remarks, made in a brief, emotional speech about the IANIEROs, grandparents from Woodbridge whom she described as loving and caring, appeared meant to respond to reports that Mexican investigators have suggested the victims may have had links to "illicit activities."
On February 20, Mr. IANIERO, a 59-year-old real-estate agent, and his 55-year-old wife, Annunziata, were found with their throats slit at an upscale Mayan Riviera resort near Cancun where their daughter, Lily, was to have married on the beach.
While initially suspecting two Canadian women staying at the hotel, Mexican investigators have shifted their focus to the family and to people who knew the victims. York Regional Police have been asked by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, who are working with Mexican authorities, to assist in the investigation, and say they hope to start interviewing the 16-member wedding party today. Others may be questioned as well.
As recently as Friday, Mexican lead prosecutor Bello Melchor Rodriguez y Carrillo suggested that the Royal Canadian Mounted Police had said "the slain person had ties with illicit activities." The Mounties have said they have no evidence to link Mr. and Mrs. IANIERO to organized crime.
Yesterday began with a ceremony at a funeral home. Outside, as pallbearers prepared to lift the two wooden coffins into waiting hearses, two white doves were released from a wicker basket to symbolize the couple's souls ascending to heaven, followed by the release of two dozen more doves meant to symbolize their Friends and family.
Later, outside the large, recently constructed church, more than a dozen television cameras and newspaper photographers with stepstools and telephoto lenses captured mourners as they arrived.
More than 300 people filed into the church for the hour-long service. The immediate family sat up front. son Anthony IANIERO, who spoke to the media after the killings, and his wife were the first to take communion.
The couple's niece, a slender blond woman in a black dress and the only direct member of the family to speak at the ceremony, said that the IANIEROs "dedicated their lives to the well-being of their children" and touched many lives with their kindness.
"They loved nothing more than to be in a room filled with music, laughter and the people they cared about," she said.
She described her aunt as an angel, her voice cracking: "I will never forget how you loved my son… as though he was your own."
The slain couple, married for 37 years, had been "graceful" when they danced. They both had been born in Italy but met in Canada in 1964 after their families immigrated. They were married in 1968, and had one son and three daughters.
During the service, Reverend John BOREAN alluded to the tragic nature of the couple's deaths, and urged mourners to remember the Christian ideal of forgiveness.
"I think we need to put forgiveness in our hearts for those people who would have committed such a crime," he said, adding that the criminals must be prevented from killing again.
Outside the church, however, many said the path to reconciliation would be difficult to forge.
"We really celebrate the lives of two people today, but hopefully one day we'll also celebrate justice," Liberal member of Parliament Maurizio BEVILACQUA, who represents the riding of Vaughan, where Woodbridge is located, said after the service.
There has been intense scrutiny of the Mexican authorities' handling of the case. Witnesses: at the Barcelo Maya Beach Resort at the time of the killing have raised concerns about the professionalism of the Mexican police, some alleging that the crime scene was contaminated. Mexican authorities had suggested two Thunder Bay women were the killers, but no longer see them as suspects, sources say.
Peter Van Loan, parliamentary secretary to Foreign Affairs Minister Peter MacKay, attended the funeral and told reporters he was satisfied with the investigation's progress.
York Police Inspector Les YOUNG, who attended the funeral in uniform, said the family is anxious to speak with police about the case. "They're very concerned about the rumours and innuendoes," he said.

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IANIERO o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2006-03-07 published
600 mourn Woodbridge couple
Four employees of resort are now considered suspects
By Linda DIEBEL in Toronto with files from Gail SWAINSON and Jim WILKES
The victims can't speak for themselves and so, yesterday, the most poignant moment at the funeral of Dominic and Nancy IANIERO came when their niece spoke for them.
"At this time, you should not have to defend your name because you can rest proud behind (the name of) IANIERO," said Rosana IANIERO, standing before their coffins and struggling to hold back tears.
Her meaning was clear. There was an audible sigh among more than 600 mourners, packed into St. Clare of Assisi Catholic church in Woodbridge and spilling over from pews to standing room only.
Since the couple was murdered at a deluxe resort on the Mayan Riviera two weeks ago, the case has been mired in speculation in Mexico about ties to organized crime. The top prosecutor in the state of Quintana Roo leapt to the early conclusion that the double murder was a "professional hit" by Canadian women, his investigation has seemed disorganized and leaks have flowed almost daily from his office.
But maybe Bello Melchor Rodriguez, attorney-general of Quintana Roo, has changed his mind. Although he told a state legislative committee Friday that two Thunder Bay women remain his prime suspects, other leads appear to be surfacing.
Yesterday, a Quintana Roo newspaper reported that police now consider four hotel employees as suspects because they haven't shown up for work at the Barcelo Maya Beach Resort since February 20, the day the IANIEROs were found in their room, their throats slashed.
Rodriguez had quickly ruled out robbery as a motive, saying their room was in disarray but nothing was stolen. Over the past week, however, several tourists and a travel agent have contacted the Toronto Star to cite problems with security at the Barcelo Maya and to ask why Rodriguez was so sure that Mexicans, including hotel employees, were not involved.
Reports posted on a travellers' website described a broken lock on terrace doors at the hotel, problems with safes and one room key that turned out to be a master key for the entire resort. Wrote one reader: "Has it occurred to anybody that this was a robbery gone wrong?"
Whatever the outcome of the shifting police investigation, the damage has been done to the grieving family and its name.
And there is more stress to come.
The IANIEROs had travelled to Mexico, along with 16 family members and Friends, for the planned beachside nuptials of their daughter, Lily. While York Region police officers allowed breathing space for the funeral, Insp. Les YOUNG said police will begin today to talk with members of the wedding party who, by all accounts, were not questioned before leaving Mexico by Quintana Roo state police.
YOUNG declined to say what police are looking for in wedding party interviews, saying "it's a little soon for that. But we will deal with the facts and reality, not rumours and speculation, as we do in any investigation."
He attended the funeral, while 12 York police officers made up a security detail and honour guard. He added that the family has information it wants to share with Canadian police but he didn't elaborate.
York police had been asked to join the investigation by Interpol, acting at the request of Mexican authorities. York Police Chief Armand LA BARGE said two detectives were in Ottawa yesterday, gathering information to help focus their probe.
But yesterday at St. Clare's church, it was a time to remember Nancy, 55, and her husband, Dominic, 59. Born in Italy, they met and courted in Canada and would have celebrated their 38th wedding anniversary on July 13 with their four adult children Rosina, Anthony and twins Lily and Nancy -- and their grandchildren.
At the funeral, with the couple lying in dark and gleaming caskets, Rosana IANIERO talked about "how special they were, how very loved by so many." She added that "we can all cherish the way Dominic and Nancy touched our lives."
She described her aunt and uncle as a "wonderful, kind couple" who "dedicated their lives" to their children.
The four IANIERO children sat with heads bowed. Before the service, they had followed the long, slow wheeling of the caskets down an aisle, Anthony carrying a single photograph. One friend described him as "completely destroyed" by his parents' murder.
"Everybody says we lost an angel," said Rosana about her aunt. She said of her uncle: "I will never forget how you loved us all."
In his sermon, Father John BOREAN sought to offer peace. Death always brings sorrow, he said, and then referring to the couple by their Italian names, he added, "and especially death as tragic as this one for Dominico and Annunziata."
However, he stressed that they had been baptized in their faith and would, on the Day of Resurrection, be restored to eternal life. He urged the family not to think that God had forsaken them. "Over and over again, God has told us, 'You are my creation. You are special.'"
Although "we are all crying," he urged people to "have forgiveness for the people who have committed such a crime." And he told the IANIERO family to "take care of each other and love each other."
As the funeral procession made its way to the cemetery, politicians in Vaughan (which includes Woodbridge) passed a motion yesterday, calling on Ottawa and Queen's Park to "play an active role" in the investigation in Mexico.
Quintana Roo authorities passed on a request for assistance in the investigation to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police last week, through Interpol. However, it's still unclear how involved Canadian police officers will be on the ground.
LA BARGE said it hasn't been decided if any of his detectives will go to Mexico. And the Royal Canadian Mounted Police hasn't determined whether more Mounties will be dispatched to help the single liaison officer already in Mexico.
"It's an active investigation in Canada right now but I can't say more than that," said Royal Canadian Mounted Police Sgt. Martin BLAIS.
In Quintana Roo, Gov. Felex Gonzalez Canto told reporters the case must be resolved "quickly, efficiently and with transparency." Denying there has been a cover-up to protect tourism, he added: "Our tourist image is important but, above all, we have to signal to the world that, in Quintana Roo, no crime against tourists will go unpunished."
That's the hope of Vaughan Region Councillor Joyce FRUSTAGLIO, who sees it as a "moral obligation" to push the federal and provincial governments to get involved. "We need to let the IANIERO family know we are here to support them."

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IANNETTA o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2006-03-31 published
DI MARCO, Francesca
It is with great sadness we announce the passing of Francesca DI MARCO on Wednesday, March 29, 2006 at the age of 85. Francesca arrived in Canada in 1953 with her 6 children to join her husband Antonio who had arrived before her in preparation of a new start in Canada. Together they raised a loving family of 10 children. Her love, devotion, strength and determination will forever be remembered and will always remain a guiding light for us. Loving wife to Antonio, devoted mother to Rosie and Paul MILITELLO, Russ and Sarah DI MARCO, Josie and Jim GROOM, Mary and Steve VERNOLA, Sally and John IANNETTA, Lina DI CARLO, John DI MARCO, Tony (predeceased) and Frank (predeceased); grandmother to Mimmo and Yvonne, Anthony and Josie, Francine and Tony, Joanne, Marisa, Francesca, Katherine and Anthony, Stephen and Adriano, Giancarlo, Christina, Julian, Barbara (predeceased), and a legacy to many great grandchildren. Family and Friends may call at the Turner and Porter "Peel" Chapel, 2180 Hurontario Street, Mississauga (Hwy. 10 North of Queen Elizabeth Way) from 7-9 p.m. Thursday, and 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Friday. Funeral Mass to be held at St. Catherine of Siena Church, 2340 Hurontario Street, on Saturday, April 1, 2006 at 10 a.m. Entombment Glen Oaks Memorial Gardens. If desired, memorial donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation.

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IANNI o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-12-19 published
CARRIÈRE, Marylyn R. (HILL)
At her home in Birr, Ontario surrounded by her loving family and Friends, Marylyn R. (HILL) CARRIÈRE, formerly of Sault Ste. Marie, in the arms of her loving husband René, on Monday, December 18, 2006 in her 60th year. Proud and loving mother of their son Jeromy and his special wife Jeannie of Boston. Doting Grammie of Julia and Nathan. Dear sister-in-law of Lillianne and Doug KING, Pauline MYKULAK and Claude and Kelly CARRIÈRE all of Thunder Bay. Missed by cousins Doctor Charles and Jeanne SMITH of England and Irja and Art DEWAR and Harold SALMINEN all of Sault. Ste. Marie. Also missed by several nieces and nephews. Cherished lifelong friend of Brian Middleton and his special partner Carl McLuhan of British Columbia, very dearest friend of Frank and Mary IANNI of Sault Ste. Marie, buddy and confidant of Sherri Jo King of England and special new friend of Terry and Eileen HORTH of Birr. Predeceased by her parents Lily and Ernie HILL and her mother and father-in-law Jeanne and Archille CARRIÈRE. Friends may call at Saint_John the Divine Anglican Church, Arva from 11: 30 a.m. until the time of a memorial service which will be held on Saturday, January 6th at 1 p.m. with The Rev. Wendy MURRAY officiating. Inurnment Saint_John the Divine Columbarium. Donations to Saint_John the Divine Anglican Church, Arva, or Middlesex Elgin Victorian Order of Nurses Palliative Care would be appreciated by the family. Condolences may be forwarded through www.haskettfh.com. Arrangements entrusted to C. Haskett and son Funeral Home, Lucan, 1-877-227-4211. Book of Proverbs 31: 10-31

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IANNRELLA o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2006-07-15 published
Four homicides, one long night
Police chase leads in garage slaying of man, woman
Other victims are man who was shot, Brampton mother
By Thulasi SRIKANTHAN, Meghan HURLEY and Betsy POWELL, Staff Reporters with files from Jim WILKES
Virgilo CUEVAS often used the garage of his home for refuge, and to smoke -- and that's where he and a female "acquaintance" were shot dead, leaving Toronto police searching for a motive and the killers.
"We're still working on a couple of theories, but there's nothing concrete that I can say yet," homicide Det. Wayne FOWLER said yesterday.
CUEVAS, 31, and a 56-year-old woman were found lying on the concrete floor of the attached garage of a house near Steeles Ave. E. and Markham Rd. on Wednesday night. Police were waiting to notify next of kin yesterday before releasing the woman's identity.
Meanwhile, police on the other side of Toronto were investigating the Wednesday evening slaying of a man in his 40s, and Peel Region police were probing the death of a 31-year-old mother of two whose body was found early yesterday.
A man identified by Friends as Gerald McDONALD may have been killed over the cash he was carrying when he was shot in an apartment building on Weston Rd. near Eglinton Ave. W., a friend speculated.
"He had $1,700 in his pocket. Maybe someone knew that he cashed his cheque and that he had this money," said Nancy IANNRELLA, owner of Nancy's Bar and Grill, next to the apartment.
McDONALD had been released from jail just two hours before he was killed, she said, and had dropped into the bar before going to cash the cheque.
Police were called to the building at about 7: 23 p.m. Wednesday after someone reported hearing gunshots.
The victim died in hospital yesterday.
About 90 minutes later, in Scarborough, CUEVAS' wife, Maria, found her husband and his friend after she drove up to the house around 8: 45 p.m. Wednesday.
The garage door was partly open, and when she drove in she could see one of the bodies, FOWLER said.
She then went inside, where the couples' three young children were with their grandparents.
FOWLER said no one in the house is a suspect.
CUEVAS was home all day and had gone on his own into the garage, where he was joined by the woman.
"The purpose of her visit, I don't know," FOWLER said. She doesn't live nearby and was driven to the address. The wife knows "her husband's friend" by sight.
There was no romantic relationship, he added.
witnesses: described two men, of Asian or Filipino descent -- as were the victims -- wearing light-coloured jackets or jerseys running away from the scene.
No firearms were located.
The wife's father, who asked not to be identified, said he saw his distraught daughter early yesterday morning.
The only thing she would say was that her husband was gone. "That's all," her father said. "She was crying really hard."
The children do not really know what is going on, he said. Two of them are staying with him. "They are sad, they cannot sleep."
Neighbours say they often saw the children running around the red-brick home, cycling and spending time with their father in the backyard, where they often barbecued.
Yesterday, a shiny blue bicycle with training wheels sat on the freshly cut lawn.
"Nothing like this ever happened on this street before," said Darrell RUBIO, who has lived there for three years. He said the family held a lot of parties, and there were always people coming in and out.
Rayne DOOKIE was in her home relaxing when she thought she heard a loud noise.
"I heard a shot. I thought it was a car backfiring." She said she quickly dismissed it because she couldn't imagine anything like a murder happening in their quiet neighbourhood.
Councillor Raymond CHO was going door-to-door in his ward to reassure citizens.
"I was totally frustrated, shocked and angry, because this is a good community," he said.
Meanwhile, Peel Region saw its fourth homicide this year with the death of Malena MORALES, whose body was found in a 12th-floor Brampton apartment early yesterday.
Police found MORALES's body showing "obvious signs of trauma" when they responded to a call at about 2 a.m., said Const. Jennifer BRYER.
Homicide detectives sealed off the building, on Steeles Ave. W. near Hurontario Street, and officers canvassed other residents throughout the day.
Residents said the woman lived with a man and two children, but it was not known whether she was married.
Two boys, a 10-year-old and his younger brother, were being cared for by relatives as police searched for a male suspect.
"This used to be a good building," said a woman who has lived there 16 years.
"But it's been going downhill for the last year or so. There have been a lot of drugs and dealers and the police have been here many times."
An autopsy is planned today at the Centre of Forensic Sciences in Toronto.
The gunning-down of the man Friends called McDONALD, whom police have not officially identified, makes him the fifth homicide victim killed somewhere along Weston Rd. in just a few months.
On July 2, a 25-year-old man was gunned down outside a bar on Weston south of Rogers Rd.
Three men tried to steal the money being collected at the club's front door, police said. A second victim caught in the crossfire was taken to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
On June 13, police found Clive McNABB, 39, stabbed to death in his Weston Rd. and Eglinton Ave. W. apartment, just steps from the scene of Wednesday's shooting.
A week before McNABB's death, 22-year-old Gabriel JARAMILLO was shot dead in the area around Weston Rd. and Lawrence Ave. E. Peyton BADIRU, 26, has been charged with second-degree murder in that case.
And at the end of March, Romaine LAWRENCE, 18, was killed when bullets tore through the window of a pizza parlour at Weston Rd. and Eglinton Ave. W.
"We've been directing our resources along that stretch of Weston Rd.," Staff Sgt. Gary MULHOLLAND, of 12 Division, said in response to a question about the cluster of homicides.
"Over the past few years we've had initiatives to lower violence and we will continue to do so."
MULHOLLAND said that while it is "unsettling for the neighbourhood," the violence mostly seems related to activities of criminals in the area. "It's not just the average citizen walking down the street."
That's little comfort to McDONALD's bar-owner friend, since he was shot steps away from where she works.
Someone came running into the bar screaming to call the police after the shooting, IANNRELLA said.
She was working when it happened and saw the victim in the hallway when she went upstairs.
"I can't sleep because I'm in such shock because it happened in my neighbourhood," IANNRELLA said.
"I know when I go home in the night I get scared."

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IANNUCCI o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2006-01-18 published
ACORN, Les
Royal Canadian Legion Member, Branch 345. Suddenly on Sunday, January 15th, 2006, in his 88th year. Beloved husband of Doreen. Loving father of Sharon, Nancy and her husband Charlie BANAVAGE, and Cindy and her husband Mike IANNUCCI. Proud Grandpa of Jason, Jessica, Sinclair and Dean. Les will be fondly remembered by his brothers, sisters, nieces, nephews and his many Friends. Friends may call at Pine Hills Visitation, Chapel and Reception Centre (625 Birchmount Rd., Scarborough, south of Eglinton, 416-267-8229), on Friday, January 20th, from 12 p.m. until time of funeral service at 1 p.m. Cremation. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation or to a charity of your choice would be appreciated by the family.

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IANNUCCI o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2006-04-15 published
SCOZZIERO, Maria Rosa
Peacefully at home on Wednesday April 12, 2006. Maria Rosa SCOZZIERO, dearly beloved wife of Sergio. Loving mother of Walter, Denise and her husband Christopher SPATAFORA and Vivian and her husband Rick IANNUCCI. Cherished grandmother of Michael, Natalie, Laura, Julia and Liana. Loving sister of Lina BRESSANUTTI of Toronto and Angelo and his wife Clelia DE PAULIS, Marisa and her husband Orazio MARCHETTI, Mirella and her husband Sergio DE TINA and Nino Mario and his wife Ines DE PAULIS all of Italy. Maria Rosa will be lovingly remembered and sadly missed by her nieces, nephews, cousins, family and Friends. Family and Friends will be received at the Demarco Funeral Home "Keele Chapel" 3725 Keele St. 416-636-7027 (between Sheppard and Finch Aves.) on Saturday from 6 to 9 p.m. and Sunday from 7 to 9 p.m. Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Monday at 9: 30 a.m. in Saint_Jane Frances Roman Catholic Church (2747 Jane St.) Entombment to follow at Beechwood Mausoleum. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation or Sisters of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Missions (2700 Jane St.) would be appreciated by the family.

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