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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JAGR September 12, 2012 at 04:38 PM
There is so much evil in this land..we need God ...but why would He help us when we kicked him out of our land...
yoly September 12, 2012 at 05:52 PM
OMG that's sick, I hope they give him death penalty we don't want people like that wondering in the streets. It breaks my heart to see this tragic! We parents raise our children to be a better person after all the struggles of raising them they pay you back by taking your life!! I have no words to explain this tragic. Rest in peace Mr and MrS Mercado.
Yami September 12, 2012 at 08:38 PM
.....there was another one just last week, but it was just the mother. A hispanic male about the same age, were the motive/reason was for playing loud music
Gerardo September 27, 2012 at 04:37 PM
Youre all very stupid this man mightve committed those murders but he wasnt a murderer, he just had problems. I know for a fact he was a good hearted guy we call him "Shrek" cuz hes big n huggable, he was honestly a very calm n controlled young man every time we hung out. Ive known him for few years now. Everyone who knows him is in shock, they all know how lovable he is n was. Hes not your average size guy and i think that a small family argument mightve turned into something much bigger, and when youre as big as this guy you can generate great force with very lil effort. Emotions can get the best of us. And i know when hecwas booked he only tested positive for weed but i have a steong feeling that his short hisyory of using Ecstacy mightve contributed to him lashing out the way he did. When thats taken over n over again it limits our "happy side" we wear it out. We become chemically unbalanced and thats what i think wr have hear. Especially cuz i know him and i know he wasnt aggressive or a gang member hes really your non violent type. I know you people around the globe are reading this and are judging; but keep in mind were no one to Judge. The guy made a awful mistake that he cant take back. Im sure hes suffering as it is. My name is Gerardo Martinez aka Jerry from Van Nuys Ca and i stand by him cuz i know his true character.
Gerardo September 27, 2012 at 04:39 PM
Please ecxuse all of my typos
Gerardo September 27, 2012 at 04:40 PM
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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