Vigil held for mall shooting victim

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PACIFIC BEACH, Calif. – A large crowd gathered near Crystal Pier in Pacific Beach Wednesday to remember the man killed in a Christmas Eve shooting at a local mall.

Family and friends held a candlelight vigil for Salvatore Belvedere one week after he was gunned down in the parking lot at Westfield Mission Valley Mall.

“Ever since I can remember, you were the type of person that would put other people before yourself,” said Laura Belvedere, sister. “You decided at a young age to be an organ donor. You saved a life, Sal.”

Salvatore’s family also remembered him through both prayer and poem.

“You will forever be missed but never forgotten,” said Angela Miskel, sister. “Sal, whether we are together or apart we will never forget you. You will always have a piece of our heart.”

Loved ones also prayed for the safe return of Salvatore’s brother, Gianni, who has been missing since the shooting. Gianni’s fiancée, Ilona Flint, was also killed alongside Salvatore and it is unclear whether Gianni was involved or whether he’s also a victim. A vigil for Flint was held Saturday.

Family members said the brothers were inseparable and their parents are distraught.

“They’ve lost one son and don’t have any closure on another son,” said Rosary Donato, aunt.

Loved ones made a public plea to the community for help in finding Gianni. Their uncle, Paul Donato, said a reward for information leading authorities to Gianni has been raised to $10,000.

“Anything you have, anything, in Sal’s memory, please keep an eye open for him,” said Paul Donato.

Anyone with information is asked to call the San Diego Police Department or Crime Stoppers.

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