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‘Junior’ Gotti Visits Father’s Tomb

October 28, 2005

NEW YORK (AP) _ John A. ``Junior″ Gotti visited his dad’s Queens tomb for the first time, on what would have been the Dapper Don’s 65th birthday.

Gotti, 41, was in prison when his father, John Gotti, died of cancer in 2002.

He and his mother, Victoria Gotti, stayed at the St. John’s Cemetery in Middle Village for about an hour Thursday and prayed quietly at the mausoleum. The family tomb bears the Gotti name and holds John Gotti and his 12-year-old son, Frank Gotti, who was killed in a car accident in 1980.

Junior Gotti is under house arrest while prosecutors mull whether to try him again on racketeering charges. He got out of jail last month after a jury deadlocked on charges including an accusation he ordered a hit on radio host and Guardian Angels crime-fighting group founder Curtis Sliwa in retaliation for his on-air rants against the senior Gotti.

Federal court officials gave him permission to leave his Long Island estate to visit the cemetery. He generally can leave his Oyster Bay Cove home only to visit his doctor or his lawyers or to attend church.

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