RIVERSIDE, Calif. — A body found in the trunk of a car in Riverside last week is the brother and fiancé of two people killed on Christmas Eve at the Westfield Mission Valley mall, according to investigators said Thursday.
The body is that of 24-year-old Gianni Leonardo Belvedere was found Jan. 17 in the trunk of his car, according to the Riverside County Coroner. Belvedere, a resident of Tierrasanta, was the victim of a homicide, coroner’s investigators determined.
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.
Flint, who managed to make a 911 call after being shot, died moments later. Salvatore Belvedere died in a hospital several days later.
The last known sighting of the older brother was in Mission Valley about three hours before the shootings at the mall, authorities said. A relative said Gianni Belvedere went to the mall with the victims the night of the shooting, though police disputed that.