Mission Valley Mall Christmas Eve Shooting: Images

A man and a woman were shot in the parking lot outside the Macy's at Westfield Misson Valley Mall the morning before Christmas Eve.

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(L-r) Gianni Belvedere, Ilona Flint and Salvatore Belvedere in a Facebook photo.
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These images show evidence presented at the preliminary hearing of Carlo Mercado on Sept. 3, 2014. This shows a phone calender that has "R.I.P." listed as an event on Dec. 24, 2013: the day Ilona Flint and Salvatore Belvedere died.
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These guns, magazines and boxes of ammunition were confiscated from Mercado's SUV during a Border Patrol stop on Jan. 18, 2014, the day after Gianni Belvedere's body was found in his car in Riverside.
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Among the weapons was a .22-caliber handgun, which prosecutors say was used to kill all three victims.
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Multiple boxes of ammunition were confiscated from Mercado's car in an unrelated weapons case.
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Riverside Police showed images from the crime scene were Gianni's body was found in his green Toyota. The photos were presented at Mercado's preliminary hearing on Sept. 3, 2014.
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A can of Febreze and two boxes of Arm and Hammer air freshener were found next to Gianni's decomposing body in the trunk of the car.
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Investigators say the can had traces of Mercado's DNA on the duct tape holding down the trigger.
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Here is a homemade silencer detectives say they found in Mercado's car during the traffic stop on Jan. 18.
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Investigators showed how the silencer fit the handgun found in Mercado's car in this photo.
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An image shown during the preliminary hearing for Carlo Mercado, accused of a triple homicide in San Diego on Dec. 24, 2013.
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An image shown during the preliminary hearing for Carlo Mercado, accused of a triple homicide in San Diego on Dec. 24, 2013.
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The scene in Riverside, Calif., after police found a car tied to Gianni Belvedere in the parking lot of a shopping center on Jan. 17, 2014. Inside the vehicle, police discovered the body of a man.
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Another piece of evidence found in the corner of a license plate on the car containing Gianni Belvedere's body.
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Carlo Mercado, 29, appears in court for his preliminary hearing on Sept. 2, 2014.
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Family photos published to the website "Justice for Sal, Gianni, and Ilona."
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Family photos published to the website "Justice for Sal, Gianni, and Ilona."
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The scene of the shooting outside the Macy's in Mission Valley on Dec. 24.
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The scene of a double shooting on the morning of Christmas Eve - the parking lot near the Macy's in Mission Valley.
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A photo of Ilona Flint from Facebook.
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Nearly six months after the Christmas Eve killings, San Diego resident Carlo Mercado, 29, was arrested in connection with the deaths of Ilona, Sal and Gianni. Mercado was booked into jail on three counts of first-degree murder.
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Family photos published to the website "Justice for Sal, Gianni, and Ilona."
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Carlo Mercado at his arraignment in June 2014.
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Family photos published to the website "Justice for Sal, Gianni, and Ilona."
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Family photos published to the website "Justice for Sal, Gianni, and Ilona."
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(L-r) Gianni Belvedere, Ilona Flint and Salvatore Belvedere in a Facebook photo.
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Family photos published to the website "Justice for Sal, Gianni, and Ilona."
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Carlo Mercado's home in Mira Mesa, north of San Diego.
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Carlo Mercado at his arraignment in June 2014.
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Gianni Belvedere, 24, was considered a missing person in the days after the Christmas Even shooting, not a person of interest in the slayings.
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A friend of Ilona Flint (L) said she was the most patient person he'd ever met.
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The post from the sister of Gianni and Salvatore, asking for help finding Gianni.
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The scene of a double shooting on the morning of Christmas Eve - the parking lot near the Macy's in Mission Valley.
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(L-r) Gianni Belvedere, Ilona Flint and Salvatore Belvedere in a Facebook photo. A friend of Ilona's said the brothers would take turns picking her up from her job because she didn't own a car.
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The scene of a double shooting on the morning of Christmas Eve - the parking lot near the Macy's in Mission Valley.
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(L-r) Gianni Belvedere, Ilona Flint and Salvatore Belvedere in a Facebook photo.
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Gianni Belvedere, 24, has been missing since the shootings of Flint -- his longtime girlfriend-turned-fiancee -- and Salvatore Belvedere, his younger brother. Police consider Gianni a missing person at this point, not a person of interest in the slayings.
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Gianni Belvedere, 24, has been missing since the shootings of Flint -- his longtime girlfriend-turned-fiancee -- and Salvatore Belvedere, his younger brother. Police consider Gianni a missing person at this point, not a person of interest in the slayings.
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The scene in Riverside, Calif., after police found a car tied to Gianni Belvedere in the parking lot of a shopping center on Jan. 17, 2014. Inside the vehicle, police discovered the body of a man.
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Carlo Mercado at a pretrial hearing in July 2014.
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Carlo Mercado appears at his preliminary hearing in San Diego in early September 2014.
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On Jan. 12, 2017, Carlo Mercado, 31, changed his plea to guilty in the mysterious 2013 triple killings of brothers Gianni and Salvatore Belvedere and Ilona Flint.
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