Was Tomaselli shot for a drug deal gone sour?

UPDATE:Tomaselli shot "Execution Style" in the back of the head

D.A. holds New Conference,  asks help in finding possible witness

Joseph Tomaselli, the 24-year-old South Yarmouth man found unconscious and bleeding in a pick-up truck from a gunshot to the head in the parking lot at a South Yarmouth beach Sunday night, died shortly after being transported to Cape Cod Hospital, District Attorney Michael O’Keefe said today.At a press conference this afternoon at the Yarmouth Police Station, O’Keefe described the death as an apparent homicide, and he added that the state medical examiner's office had taken the body for an autopsy.

Police want to talk to a man who was observed walking a black dog in the area where the body was found. He was described as being about 5 feet 8 inches tall and wearing a baseball cap. Police believe he may have been a witness to something which will help them discover the murderer.

Other unnamed sources told capecodtoday.com that Tomaselli was a well-known local drug dealer who had "burned" someone badly enough that they took the 24-year-old's life as payment. The video above is the entire conference and was shot by the Cape Cod Times. The original story is below.

DA offers little detail on man killed near beach in Yarmouth Sunday

SOUTH YARMOUTH - On Sunday, April 19, 2009 at approximately 10:03 p.m. members of the Yarmouth Police and Fire Departments responded to the parking lot area of the South Middle Beach on South Shore Drive in South Yarmouth for a report of an injured man.

Yarmouth Police and Fire emergency personnel arrived at the scene and provided assistance to the man suffering from a gunshot wound and subsequently transported him to Cape Cod Hospital in Hyannis where he was later pronounced dead.

Members of the Yarmouth Police Department patrol force secured the scene and initiated an on-scene investigation.

Yarmouth and Massachusetts State Police, under the direction of Yarmouth Police Chief Michael J. Almonte and Cape and Island District Attorney Michael O’ Keefe, are currently conducting an active and ongoing joint investigation.

The victim has been identified as Joseph F. Tomaselli, Jr., age 24, (right) from the Mid- Cape area.

Anyone with information about this incident is urged to contact Yarmouth Police Department Detective Sergeant Charles E. Peterson at 508-775-0445 extension 134.

Release courtesy of the Yarmouth Police Deparment. Maps courtesy of Virtual Earth.

Editor's note: According to Mr. Tomaselli's Facebook page, he was a resident of Cape Cod and employed at Ardeo's Taverna. 

The Cape Cod Times archives tell of Tomaselli's criminal past. He was arrested, at age 19, in a South Yarmouth motel with nearly $28,000 in cash and more than 17 ounces of marijuana that police said had been bagged for distribution. That same year, he was found guilty on an earlier marijuana distribution charge and sentenced to two years in the Barnstable County Correctional Facility.

On Myspace.com, Tomaselli, listed as a resident of South Yarmouth, went by Moneyburnz and his page on the site features some of his rap including a "Freestyle" which begins, "...I was born on the Brooklyn block, then I came to the Cape, my Mom had me stuck on the rock, the sandtrap, where them [n-word]s slang cracks..."

The rap also includes ominous lines such as "I'm gonna keep it thorough 'til I end in my grave" and "I [f-word] squeeze the trigger 'til your body gets goushy."

Among rappers, he lists his influences as Machiavelli, Confucious, Socrates, Alexander Dumas and "anyone who expresses poetically political thought."

Above images from Myspace.com.

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