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NoHo Man Charged in Killing of Parents

Jonathan Mercado allegedly bludgeoned his parents to death.

Capital murder charges were filed today against a 25-year-old North Hollywood man accused in the bludgeoning deaths of his parents last week.

Jonathan Mercado was ordered to remain jailed without bail while awaiting arraignment Sept. 25 in Van Nuys Superior Court on two counts of murder stemming from the deaths of his father, Alexandro, 51, and mother, Veronica, 47.

The murder charge includes the special circumstance allegation of multiple murders.

Prosecutors will decide later whether to seek the death penalty.

The victims were beaten to death Friday at the family's home in the 8100 block of Radford Street, where the defendant lived with his parents and two
younger siblings.

His mother's body was wrapped in a sheet and placed in a pickup truck found abandoned Friday afternoon in Sun Valley, while his father's body was found wrapped in a sheet in a bedroom at the family's home.

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Sage September 28, 2012 at 06:30 AM
yeah i agree with gerardo. you guys have no right to pass judgement on him without even knowing him. i remember the day i met him and honestly like gerardo said he was nice kind and very calm. he never seemed like the agressive type of person. && to the one wishing him death you should be ashamed to be even say that. you`re not god so therefore you have no reason to make that kind of suggestion. p.s It still hasnt been proven that it was him.
Bee September 29, 2012 at 03:49 PM
I myself have known Jonathan for a couple of years, my sister has known him for way longer. & we honestly belive from the bottom of our hearts that it was not him & in the case that it was.. it was not intentional for it to reach such level, a tragedy. We cannot bring ourselves to believe that, him very laid back and down to earth would do such a thing. Unfortunately, only his parents and he himself know what really occured. Regardless my heart goes out to his 2 younger siblings and to him & may his parents rest in peace.
Kidd October 15, 2012 at 11:17 PM
You are ask wrong I knew jonathan his true self and I know he was sweet but he still is a killer friends are friends but family is different how could he put my cousins to suffer all this pain he only thought of himself in this situation what about the kids there not old enough to move on and he made everything harder for them jonathan was always a good kid buy he crossed the line no excuses a murderer is a murderer and he can't take back what he did if he had a heart he wouldn't think of taking another persons life he was my cousin but now hes nothing
Wifey November 13, 2012 at 01:04 AM
I have known him for 15 yrs. I was one of the last ppl to see him that week. It wasn't drug use or him intentionally. He got involved with the wrong crowd and the past always catches up to you and it hits you where it hurts the most. Merc, my heart knows it wasn't you and unfortunately catch-22 will keep you silenced forever.
Magdalena Mercado April 09, 2013 at 06:07 AM
I knew Jonathan and he is a good person, he was a young man and he loved his parents I used to live in his house and spend time with his family. He was a calm, mellow guy, quiet he was loving to both of his youngest brothers and he loved his parents. I hope the truth comes out and if he was influenced by some other people god punish the people for putting stuff into his head. But he was a nice and loving kid.


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