CRIME
01/24/2014 11:41 am ET Updated Jan 24, 2014

Gianni Belvedere Found Dead After Fiancee, Brother Fatally Shot

A body discovered in the trunk of a car has been identified as a missing man whose fiancee and brother were found shot dead on Christmas Eve.

Gianni Belvedere, 24, had been considered a missing person until his body was located in a dark-green 2004 Toyota Camry on the afternoon of Jan. 17.

Police in Riverside, Calif., are now investigating the string of murders as triple homicide. Belvedere had not been seen since his fiancee and brother were killed in the parking lot of a San Diego shopping center, according to the LA Times.

Belvedere's close relationship with the other victims at first made his place in the investigation uncertain.

ABC-10 explains:

San Diego police did not name Belvedere as a suspect in the killings of Salvatore Belvedere and Ilona Flint, both 22, but listed him as a missing person at-risk.

Gianni Belvedere's disappearance initially raised questions about whether there had been some kind of violent end to a love triangle. However, the determination that he was killed as well changes the perspective.

But for family and friends, there was no debate.

"There was a lot of idiotic speculation that Gianni had something to do with the shooting or that he had possibly harmed himself, that he might have fled, that he was in a jealous rage and did this," said close friend Andre Briones, according to CNN.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Rick Wheeler at 951-353-7134 or Detective Rick Cobb at 951-353-7135.

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