Families still seeking answers in Mission Valley mall shooting

SAN DIEGO - A new effort is underway to find answers for the grieving families of two young people mysteriously murdered on Christmas Eve in a San Diego mall parking lot, and a third found dead weeks later in Riverside.

A fundraiser has been planned this weekend to increase reward money in the murders. Two of the victims, Ilona Flint, and her fiancé’s brother, Salvatore Belvedere, were killed in the parking lot of the Mission Valley Macy’s. Flint’s fiancé, Gianni Belvedere, was found three weeks later in Riverside.
         
On Dec. 24, 2013, Flint called 911 to report that she had been shot. Police arrived to find Salvatore bleeding out in the driver’s seat of his car, while Flint was dead in the passenger seat. Salvatore died a few days later.
         
Ilona's fiance, Gianni, was missing. His body was discovered Jan. 17 in the trunk of his abandoned Camry in a Riverside parking lot.

 “It's been horrible for us and our family,” said Laura Belvedere Friday, the sister of Salvatore and Gianni. “We miss them dearly but it's a struggle every day for us just waking up knowing our brothers are not with us.”
         
There have been no arrests and the motive is unknown.  There is a Crimestoppers reward totaling $10,000. The families hope to add more money at the fundraiser to coax someone to come forward with information.  

“Anything that would help to keep the investigation going, because it's been past (sic) three months and there's no information,” said Antoinette Belvedere, another sister of Salvatore and Gianni.
         
Laura said her family still doesn’t understand why the murders occurred.  

“They were always home, good kids,” Laura said. “It's a mystery why, what happened? We honestly don't know.”
        
The fundraiser will run from 3 p.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday at the Eastbound Bar & Grill at 10053 Maine Ave. in Lakeside.  Some undisclosed items will be auctioned.

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