SAN DIEGO – Police will provide an update on the case of a man and woman fatally shot at the Westfield Mission Valley mall on Christmas Eve, and the discovery of the body of victims’ older brother and fiancé last week in the trunk of a car in Riverside.
The body of 24-year-old Gianni Leonardo Belvedere was found Jan. 17 in the trunk of his car, according to the Riverside County Coroner. The Riverside coroner identified Belvedere, a resident of Tierrasanta, on Thursday and said he was the victim of a homicide.
Investigators had been looking for Belvedere and his dark-green 2004 Toyota Camry with Utah license plates since the Tierrasanta resident’s younger brother and fiancee were found shot to death at Westfield Mission Valley mall early Dec. 24.
San Diego police did not name Belvedere as a suspect in the killings of Salvatore Belvedere and Ilona Flint, both 22, but listed him as a missing person at risk.
About 1:15 a.m. Dec. 24, police found Flint and Salvatore Belvedere fatally shot in a car near a Christmas tree lot at the Camino del Rio North mall, which was open late for last-minute shoppers, according to homicide Lt. Mike Hastings. Both were shot in the head.
Among topics to be discussed at Friday’s news conference are divisions of responsibilities between the San Diego Police Department, the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department and other agencies investigating the homicides.