Family relieved that suspect has been caught in pizzeria owner’s - New York News

Family relieved that suspect has been caught in pizzeria owner’s death

Posted: Updated:
Giovanni Donancricchia (pictured center) Giovanni Donancricchia (pictured center)
Matthew Brown-Turner Matthew Brown-Turner
CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

A man is in jail, accused of murdering a well-liked pizzeria owner who was trying to protect his wife.

Family and friends closest to the pizzeria owner say news of an arrest provides some closure, but that they will never be the same. Giovanni Donancricchia was known as the patriarch of his family and beloved by customers. Many continue to grieve over the loss of this father, friend and husband who died while shielding his wife from harm's way.

Son-in-law Bill Fleischer and family members saw the snapshots from the surveillance video this morning. It was difficult for the family because they know that in the picture at that exact time is right before Giovanni was fatally shot.

Brown-Turner was arrested early Friday morning after a witness apparently came forward and told police that he confessed to being involved in the deadly attack while watching the story on TV. The 23-year-old is charged with murder and attempted armed robbery.

"Our hope is that the police do as good of a job as they've been doing, and that there are no loopholes that come up that might prevent him from being punished to the fullest extent of the law," Bill said.

In Cicero, an ever growing memorial greeted customers, including Joaquina. "It's sad, it shouldn't happen. What can you say but it's happening everywhere, but my condolences go out to him and his family. They are beautiful people, they've been in that neighborhood for years," Joaquina said.

"That was Giovanni, he wanted to protect my mother in law, he was a very proud person, a very strong individual. He was good natured and good hearted and he was trying to do the right thing and stop the individual from taking something that wasn't his," Bill proudly claimed.

Giovanni Donancricchi is survived by his wife and six grandchildren. His siblings are flying in from Italy and his funeral will take place this week.

Follow Us!

Share Your Photos & Video

  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • Suspect, rookie officer both wounded in gunfire

    Suspect, rookie officer both wounded in gunfire

    Sunday, August 31 2014 10:11 PM EDT2014-09-01 02:11:38 GMT
    Authorities say an early morning gunfire exchange on a Brooklyn street has left the suspect hospitalized and a police officer with a graze wound.
    Authorities say an early morning gunfire exchange on a Brooklyn street has left the suspect hospitalized and a police officer with a graze wound.
  • New MTA bus routes take effect

    New MTA bus routes take effect

    Sunday, August 31 2014 9:51 PM EDT2014-09-01 01:51:36 GMT
    MTAMTA
    The MTA has new bus routes throughout the 5 boroughs. 
    The MTA has new bus routes throughout the 5 boroughs. 
  • 3 hurt in lightning strike as storms batter NYC area

    3 hurt in lightning strike as storms batter NYC area

    Sunday, August 31 2014 9:47 PM EDT2014-09-01 01:47:41 GMT
    Heavy thunderstorms swept through the tri-state on Sunday causing flash floods and lightning strikes that injured 3 people. The three men were struck at Orchard Beach in the Bronx Sunday afternoon and were being treated at a local hospital. Meanwhile, various Labor Day weekend celebrations were interrupted, delayed and even canceled as the U.S. Open tennis tournament had to be postponed and the Electric Zoo musical festival on Randall's Island had to be prematurely shut down.
    Heavy thunderstorms swept through the tri-state on Sunday causing flash floods and lightning strikes that injured 3 people. The three men were struck at Orchard Beach in the Bronx Sunday afternoon and were being treated at a local hospital. Meanwhile, various Labor Day weekend celebrations were interrupted, delayed and even canceled as the U.S. Open tennis tournament had to be postponed and the Electric Zoo musical festival on Randall's Island had to be prematurely shut down.
Powered by WorldNow
Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | New Terms of Service What's new | Ad Choices