Brother of mall murder victim was shot in head

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SAN DIEGO — A San Diego man whose brother and fiancée were shot to death on Christmas Eve in the parking lot of a Mission Valley mall was also shot in the head, police revealed Friday.

The body of Gianni Belevedere, 24, was found Jan. 17 in the trunk of his Toyota Camry in Riverside. The Riverside County Medical Examiner has not finished Belvedere’s autopsy report, but preliminary findings show that he was shot at least once in the head and the wound was not survivable, San Diego police said.

Belvedere’s fiancée, 22-year-old Ilona Flint, and his younger brother, 22-year-old Salvatore Belvedere, were fatally shot early on Dec. 24 in a car parked at Westfield Mission Valley mall. Gianni Belvedere disappeared after the shooting and was not heard again. Riverside police found his body when they were called to investigate a foul smell coming from a dark green 2004 Toyota Camry  parked  in the lot of a fast food restaurant in Riverside. His death was quickly ruled a homicide, but investigators did not say how he died.

Police said they would not release additional information about the older brother’s death until the final autopsy report is completed.

Investigators have said they are searching for a “person of interest” in connection with the three killings. The unidentified man was seen at the mall late Dec. 23 and early Dec. 24. He was described as being 5 feet 10 inches to 6 feet tall, wearing a black hoodie with white bands across the upper arms, tan pants and white tennis shoes.

Police have not released a motive for the killings, but they have ruled out robbery.

The Belvedere family is offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the deaths. Anyone with information about the killings was asked to call SDPD homicide detectives at 619-531-2293 or San Diego County Crime Stoppers at 888-580-8477.

1 Comment

  • dailydebacle

    This case is baffling and sad. Hope the authorities know more than they're letting on. Gotta be a motive out there. If not, some nutcase would still be doing this for the kicks. Scary thought.

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