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UPDATE: Former Lake Elsinore City Councilman Found Dead; Homicide Investigation Underway

George Alongi was found dead Friday.

6:49 p.m.: The story below has been updated with additional information from police.

Lake Elsinore resident George Alongi, who once served as a council member for his city, has been found dead.

Sgt. Myling Bordeau of the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department confirmed Alongi’s death and said a homicide investigation is underway.

Deputies were called to the Alongi home in the 1000 block of Dolly Way shortly after 5:30 p.m. Friday. When they arrived, they found Alongi, 77, who had sustained "traumatic injury to his body," said Sgt. Jeff Buompensiero of the Riverside County Sheriff's Department.

"Emergency medical personnel were summoned to the scene to render aid, however, the victim was pronounced deceased at the scene," the sergeant said.

Buompensiero said a cause of death "will not be released at this time" and an autopsy is scheduled for Monday.

All was quiet Saturday afternoon along the residential street where Alongi lived.

Manuel Cesena lives across the street from the single-story Alongi home. Police had taped the residence off through the night and they didn’t leave until sometime after 9:30 a.m. Saturday, he said.

“There were a lot of police everywhere,” he said.

Cesena said he saw or heard nothing out of the ordinary at the Alongi home where the deceased allegedly lived with his wife, Grace.

According to some residents, police were questioning neighbors asking if they had seen anything. There are unconfirmed reports that one person was taken into custody.

None of the neighbors Patch spoke with said they knew the Alongis well but said police had been to the residence in the past.

According to a Nov. 2009 Press-Enterprise article, Alongi was removed from the Lake Elsinore City Council in 1999 after a jury found that “he had failed to adequately disclose properties he owned in the city's redevelopment area while continuing to vote on redevelopment matters.”

Patch will continue to update this story as information becomes available.

Hunnys Gal February 18, 2013 at 11:31 PM
I am a long time elsinore resident and am aware of some of the drama surrounding Mr. Alongi. But i AGREE with Brenda! let him rest in peace!Show some respect for his family!Quit bashing the dead and rehashing old news! grow up! get over it! Fortunately for you life goes on.
Teecee February 19, 2013 at 01:41 AM
I totally agree with you, Brenda. Seems no one has sensitivity toward his family. Can't all this speculation and character assassination wait until his family finishes grieving? Praying for the family.
Teecee February 19, 2013 at 01:45 AM
Sir, there is a family grieving tonight...can you not wait until the man is burried? Put yourself in their shoes. Be sensitive. The truth shall wait.
cheri February 19, 2013 at 03:05 AM
Amen,Teecee and Brenda!!!! Bless those that ARE grieving for him,Rest inPeace Mr. Alongi
bh1995 February 19, 2013 at 03:44 AM
yeah my grandpa is a person that can't be forgotten easily in this town. He did a lot of good here and I couldn't be more proud.
bh1995 February 19, 2013 at 03:45 AM
My grandpa doesn't do Facebook are you kidding me... he was old school. And I love him and will miss him
Daughter #2 February 19, 2013 at 05:56 AM
even in death my Dad still keeps all of you talking and debating : )
Scott Hanson February 19, 2013 at 03:02 PM
sorry for your loss daughter #2. I was the worship pastor at Aletheia Christian Fellowship for 9+ years and never knew any of this drama surrounding George. He was there most Sundays, always had a smile on his face, and always a friendly good morning whether at Church or at Home Depot. I will miss him. May he rest in peace. Peace and Blessings to you and your family
Roberto February 19, 2013 at 03:45 PM
Daughter #2 12:26 am on Tuesday, February 19, 2013 even in death my Dad still keeps all of you talking and debating : ) REPLY: He sure did . :) He was very colurful person and cared about our community.
Don A February 19, 2013 at 10:57 PM
Thanks for finally speaking up... Daughter #2... This is your cousin #2 from Texas and I Loved my Uncle Dearly ....and all the controversial comments regarding Uncle George make me sick ...What happen to a person's sense of dignity and compassion in time of losing a dear one especially under these circumstances ..?.. Shame on you .all...Please allow our family the time to grieve his loss...and most of all embrace his daughter's and Grandchildren in their time of need... Proud to call George Alongi " my "Favorite Uncle".....
TERE HANCOCK February 20, 2013 at 03:17 AM
Typical Lake Elsinore. No compassion for his true family. I knew George for over 25 years. While none of us are perfect, it would be nice to remember the Good this man did. Not just for his family, but The poor, Leaf, Hope, Santa Claus, The Sheriffs Posse, I could go on. More than anything he loved Lake Elsinore to a fault. Please let his family greive and try to remember the good as well. So what criminal MURDERED THIS MAN ???? Anyone care about that? May God be just and merciful. Oh did I forget to mention he served his Country Honorably as well
TERE HANCOCK February 20, 2013 at 03:37 AM
Love to you Daughter #2 and your family. Please post the funeral info.
Richard February 20, 2013 at 09:51 PM
Seems like someone gets murdered every other day in this little city by the lake. RIP George.
Brenda February 20, 2013 at 10:06 PM
Its all very sad Richard for the family and friends and also for the City. The crime in Southeast county in general is out of control it seems the last year. :/
kbdealer February 21, 2013 at 10:34 PM
You too would have lots of rage if you knew your mother was beaten constantly for no apparent reason!! sorry but he got what he deserved!!!!
Elsinore February 22, 2013 at 12:49 AM
George threatened my family when I was younger. I knew one day this was coming. It is sad that this happened. Praying for the family that the cycle will not go on.
Brenda February 22, 2013 at 01:30 AM
Kbdealer you are right hun. I would be angry too if that was going on. Any woman who is being beaten should pack her bags and leave or get an order to remove her husband from the home.
Joni Lang February 23, 2013 at 05:45 AM
He was awsome
Joni Lang February 23, 2013 at 05:50 AM
He said what everyone else was afraid to say.. He will be missed !
Diane M February 23, 2013 at 07:14 PM
very shocked to hear of his death..... allysnina
bh1995 February 25, 2013 at 01:22 AM
Through all of these comments it is easy to tell who knew my Grandpa as the man that served his adopted hometown and more importantly his country. From the man created by the rumors of the ones who just wanted to tear him down. To those who are still trying to tear him down stop trying, there is nothing more you can do. His legacy will live on whether you like it or not... to stand up for whats right and putting your foot down for whats wrong. He will be missed by way more than many think. My family and I are blessed to see the over whelming support from the ones who knew him close and a far. Love, your bestest friend in the whole wide world
Richard Long February 25, 2013 at 05:19 PM
What's up with Cornelius?
Cheryl March 01, 2013 at 02:35 AM
Jeeze people,did it ever occur to anyone that we have a murderer amongst us!!!!!!!!!!! come on L.E.P.D. Have we got a clue of who did this terrible crime,whether you liked him or not, R.I.P I doubt it !!!!!!!!!!!!!! solve the crime,then talk all u want !!!!!!!!!!
TERE HANCOCK March 03, 2013 at 08:41 PM
Hello....No arrest ......come on ? Wake up PD George deserves better than this and so does his real family. Sure haven'T HEARD ANYTHING FROM HIS CURRENT WIFE ? Is she a suspect?
Brenda March 05, 2013 at 09:30 AM
Lord comments are shut off or something and I will try one more time. I also hope that the police are close to finding out who murdered this man. Its been a few weeks now with no word and I thought I had read in another publication that the stepson or something like that was getting arrested for his murder?
Brenda March 05, 2013 at 09:30 AM
Lord comments are shut off or something and I will try one more time. I also hope that the police are close to finding out who murdered this man. Its been a few weeks now with no word and I thought I had read in another publication that the stepson or something like that was getting arrested for his murder?
Linda villalobos March 12, 2013 at 01:50 AM
I think this is a sad situation and no one deserves to die like that no matter who or what a person did or didnt do . I will pray for his soul and for his family . Hopefully they find the person or persons that did this horrible thing and george and his family get justice . God bless
TERE HANCOCK March 19, 2013 at 11:39 PM
LE PD Get on this. No arrest and an innocent man was murdered in his home. Something needs to be done. How about an update. This is disgusting.
Brenda March 20, 2013 at 12:40 AM
I agree Tere. It has been over a month now with not one word on suspects, nothing from the Lake Elsinore Police Department in way of statements. It was obviously not a random murder, or for a burglary, robbery, so he was "someones" target. I did not know this man but it concerns me with another few we have in our Cities that are unsolved, or we had a perpitrator but the case just disappeared off the radar for some reason. Apparently when the perpitrator is well known in the Cities. :/ Praying the LE Police get the much needed information they need to arrest and charge, sentence the person responsible for Mr. Alongi's murder very soon. Has anyone heard of a ransom for information leading to the arrest of the person who committed this crime? I myself make it a point to donate and believe those help to get the "bad guy" because someone else always knows who did it.
Vladimir Parra March 28, 2013 at 04:49 PM
My heartfelt condolences to you and your family.

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