April 14, 2014 (Lakeside) - Last year on Christmas Eve, Salvatore Belvedere and his brother’s fiancé, Ilona Flint, were found mortally wounded in a vehicle parked at Mission Valley Center. Flint managed to call 911 despite having been shot in the head. She died at the scene and her finance later succumbed to his wounds at a hospital. Both were 22 years old.
Salvatore’s older brother, Gianni, Ilona’s fiancé, was missing at the time. Three weeks later, his body was found in the trunk of a sedan at a Jack in the Box restaurant near March Air Force Base. He, too, had been shot in the head.
This triple murder case has never been solved. Police have ruled all three deaths homicides. No motive for the killings has been disclosed, though a possible suspect was seen at the mall shooting site. A man nearly six feet tall wearing tan pants, white tennis shoes and a black hooded sweatshirt with white bands across the upper sleeves is sought by police.
On Sunday, relatives of the slain family members held a fundraiser at the EastBound Bar & Grill in Lakeside, raising money in hopes of boosting the reward to $25,000 or $50,000. Friends brought donated items to auction off for the cause. Eastbound also agreed to donate a portion of the day’s proceeds to benefit the families.
Anyone interested in giving can get contact information online at a website titled "Justice for Sal, Gianni & Ilona," at http://www.justice4sd3.com/ .
The website states that it is intended to :get justice for three wonderful people who are loved by their family and friends” adding,” These three people deserve justice.”
The boys’ mother, who suffers from a crippling illness, writes of her own painful ordeal. “We are good parents, we prayed, and we taught them good morals.There has never been any violence in our families. Why Lord are we being punished?” she asks. The family formerly owned Mario’s, a popular Italian restaurants locally, before selling and moving to Utah, where Gianni met his fiancé, Ilona. Gianni, Ilona and Sebastian were described as very close friends who were often seen together.
The family’s website claims that rumors of love triangles or drug deals do not have any merit and that the loss has been difficult for the families of the victims. The family’ statement adds, “ “but what is even scarier is the person is still out there and these young adults could be your kids; if someone is cold hearted enough to take three lives during a time that is supposed to be for giving and being with your loved ones, what is to stop this from happening again? …This murderer needs to be caught and brought to justice before anyone else loses another child.”