Few Clues in Mission Valley Triple Homicide

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    (L-R) Gianni Belvedere, Ilona Flint and Salvatore Belvedere in a Facebook photo.

    It’s been nearly one month since investigators launched a homicide investigation into the death of a San Diego man whose girlfriend and brother were found shot to death outside a mall weeks earlier.

    Ilona Flint, 22, and Salvatore Belvedere, 22, were shot and killed in Mission Valley on Dec. 24. Gianni Belvedere, 24, was found inside the trunk of his car in Riverside County on Jan. 17.

    On Feb. 7, San Diego police confirmed that Gianni, who hadn't been seen since the day before Ilona and Salvatore were shot, was also the victim of homicide.

    NBC 7 has learned that San Diego police homicide detectives hope to have major developments in the near future and bring closure to the victim’s families.

    Lt. Mike Hastings wanted to assure San Diegans that his team is working very hard behind the scenes to solve the triple homicide that has many locals wondering who would kill three young people on the day before Christmas.

    Hastings said he could not comment on specifics because that could jeopardize the investigation but he did say the amount of effort the department and other agencies are putting toward the case is “second to none.”

    Flint, who was shot in the head and torso, managed to call 911 officials said. She wasn’t sure of her location but told the dispatcher she was near the mall.

    The most recent suspect information released by investigators was of a man wearing a black hoodie with white bands in the biceps area of the sweatshirt, tan pants and white tennis shoes. He was described as an unknown race, standing 5-foot-10 to 6-foot, police said.

    It's believed that the suspect was at the Mission Valley mall at 11:15 p.m. the night before the shooting and returned to the mall at 12:15 a.m. on Dec. 24.

    Anyone with information can call the San Diego Police Department’s Homicide Unit at 619-531-2293 or Crime Stoppers at 888-580-8477.