Family of man shot at Mission Valley mall parking lot pleads for answers

Cousin says Salvatore Belvedere's organs donated

SAN DIEGO - The family of a man who was gunned down along with his brother's fiancée at a Mission Valley mall parking lot on Christmas Eve spoke out Friday, begging for answers.

Sal Belvedere was inside a car at the Westfield Mission Valley Mall parking lot early Christmas Eve with his brother's fiancée, Ilona Flint, when both were gunned down, possibly by a man in a dark sedan.

Both were shot in the head. Flint died at the scene. Belvedere died two days later in the hospital.    

Belvedere's cousin Paul Bonato told 10News that Belvedere's organs have been donated. 

"He was a special person and anyone who knew him knew he had a big and loving heart, but even through this tragedy, his precious heart now beats in someone else," said Bonato.

Bonato pleaded with the public for any information leading to the whereabouts of Belvedere's brother, 24-year-old Gianni Belvedere, who has not been seen or heard from since that night.

He was last seen just hours before the shooting. Now, both he and his green Toyota Camry with Utah plates are nowhere to be found. Now people are wondering -- is he a suspect or a victim in all this?

On Sal Belvedere's Facebook page in October of 2012, his sister Laura wrote, "We are planning your funeral."

That post has been removed and police say they have seen it, but are not sure what to make of it.

Meantime, family members are desperately searching for answers.

"Please continue to pray for the return of Sal's beloved brother Gianni," said Bonato. "On behalf of my uncle, my aunt and my entire family, we would like to thank the San Diego Police Department for their relentless efforts to find answers to this horrible tragedy."

Police say both the Belvedere and Flint families are cooperating in the investigation as they both continue to mourn.

Anyone with any information regarding the whereabouts of Gianni Belvedere is asked to contact police.

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