Brasi gave a large sum for Connie's bridal purse directly to Vito, who asked him to seek out Aldo Trapani, the son of former enforcer Johnny Trapani, who had fallen in with a bad crowd. Brasi helped the youth eliminate his former gangmembers and took him under his wing, teaching him the art of extortion by taking back Emilio Brunetti's butcher shop from the Tattaglia Family. The two of them then also shook down barber Dino DeMantagna for a sizeable fee.Shortly before Vito Corleone is shot, Brasi was summoned by the Don, who intends to draw out rival mobster Virgil Sollozzo and the rest of the Don's enemies by having Luca pretend he had switched allegiances. Luca hung around Bruno Tattaglia's nightclub, eventually going to bed with one of his bargirls and complaining about not making much money, knowing that word would eventually get back to Bruno. When Bruno offers a meeting, Luca drives to The Luna Bar with Trapani, wearing a bulletproof vest. Sollozzo, after promises of friendship a job, and $50,000 rams a knife into Luca's hand, pinning it to the bar as an assassin garrottes him from behind. A Sicilian message is later sent to the Corleone family: a fish wrapped in Brasi's flak jacket. The meaning is made clear to the Corleones: "Luca Brasi sleeps with the fishes."

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