Sasa and Joe Parrino were two brothers who perished in the Mafia war of 1930-31.
Sasa (Sam), a key figure in Detroit's underworld, was gunned down along with highly regarded Castellammarese Mafioso Gaspar Milazzo in a Detroit fish market in 1930. New York's Giuseppe Masseria was blamed for the killings, but assassin Cesare Lamare of Detroit may have acted in his own interests. Lamare took over the Detroit Family and aligned himself with Masseria.
Joe Parrino, a top lieutenant in the Brooklyn Castellammarese Family of Cola Schiro (which had formerly been run by Milazzo and Buffalo's Stefano Magaddino), seemed not to mind his brother's demise and might have been plotting along with Masseria.
When Schiro vanished in 1930, Masseria supported a Parrino bid to take over his Brooklyn operation. Joe Parrino was then eliminated by members of his own clan.
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