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Sunday, June 22 2014, 11:23 PM MDT
Family members react in wake of holiday murder suspect arrest
(KUTV) News this weekend of an arrest in the shocking murders of two brothers and a fiance who grew up in Provo. The trio later went back to San Diego where they were born, family members say relocating just two years before they were shot and killed.
 
Family members of the victims here in Utah say despite the break in the case, they are still searching for answers.
 
"It was a big shock to the family and it still is," John Belvedere - a cousin to brothers Salvadore and Gianni Belvedere - told 2News Sunday.
 
He says his uncle got a call Christmas Eve morning that his son Salvadore Belvedere and his other son's fiance Ilona Flint, both 22, were found murdered. Gianni Belvedere, 24, was missing. His body was found about a month later in the trunk of his car.

He had also been shot in the head. Six months after the crime, this weekend, the victims' sister Antoinette Belvedere announced that San Diego police arrested Carlo Gallopa Mercado, 29, and that the news came as a relief. San Diego police have not issued any further details. They are expected to talk more in a press conference slated for Monday.
 
John says he can't think of any reason why Gianni and Salvadore - who he described as non-aggresive - would be targeted in such a manner, "I'm assuming it's random."
 
He says, along with family in California, they anxiously await any further details, "No reason, no answers, no anything!"
 
Mercado is charged with three counts of first degree murder. He is expected in court Wednesday.

By Amy Nay

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