Reward Fundraiser Sunday In Triple-Murder Case
Relatives of three young murder victims -- two brothers and a woman engaged to marry one of them -- are holding a fundraiser Sunday at a Lakeside tavern to bolster a reward for information leading to the identification and capture of whoever gunned down the trio last winter.
There have been no arrests in connection with the violent deaths of Gianni and Salvatore Belvedere, 24 and 22, respectively, and the elder sibling's fiancee, Ilona Flint, also 22.
The younger brother and the woman were found mortally wounded by gunfire in a parked car at the Westfield Mission Valley shopping center early on the morning of Dec. 24.
Three weeks later, the body of Gianni Belvedere was discovered in the trunk of a sedan outside a fast-food restaurant near March Air Reserve Base in Riverside. Like the other two victims, he had been shot in the head, according to San Diego police, who had been searching for the former Utah resident since the earlier double shooting.
All three deaths were ruled homicides, San Diego police Lt. Mike Hastings said.
Authorities have disclosed no suspected motive for the killings and have released only a limited description of a possible suspect seen at the site of the mall shooting -- a roughly 5-foot-11-inch man in tan pants, white tennis shoes and a black hooded sweatshirt with white bands across the upper parts of the sleeves.
In addition to cash contributions, the victims' loved ones have requested donations of items such as tools, electronics, gift certificates and sporting goods to be auctioned during the eight-hour fundraiser that begins 3 p.m. at the Eastbound Bar & Grill in Lakeside.
Anyone interested in giving can get obtain information online at a website titled "Justice for Sal, Gianni & Ilona," or show up at the event, family spokesman Paul Donato said.
The owners of the Eastbound on 10053 Maine Ave. also plan to donate part of their proceeds for the day to the cause, Donato said.