A judge denied bond for the man charged with murdering a popular restaurant owner in Cicero.
A witness helped Cicero Police identify Matthew A. Brown-Turner, 25, who is charged with shooting and killing pizzeria owner Giovanni Donancricchia, 64, after midnight on Thursday.
Surveillance footage showed Brown-Turner entering the restaurant through the back door and pointing a gun at the owner’s wife Angela Donancricchia when Giovanni Donancricchia confronted the man and was fatally shot in the chest.
“At that point it wasn’t about the money, and he wasn’t going to have that,” Saverio Donancricchia, Giovanni’s son, said.
While relatives of Donancricchia are mourning his death, they are relieved to see his suspected killer in police custody. Saverio hopes his father will be remembered as a hero.
“He would take the left over slices and off the 290 Austin ramp he would see homeless people and just give it to them,” Saverio said.
After nearly 25 years, the restaurant remains closed, giving time for family and friends to grieve.
“They were married over 40 years,” Saverio said. “He took care of everything.”