While American teenagers Gabriel Natale-Hjorth and Finnegan Elder languish in an Italian prison awaiting their fate for the murder of an Italian police officer Mario Cerciello Rega, a more complete picture of the privileged backgrounds of the accused murderers is beginning to emerge.
Natale-Hjorth stems from the green prosperous enclave of Mill Valley – a small town just a short drive from San Francisco, across the Golden Gate Bridge, often referred to as & millionaire village & # 39 ;, DailyMail.com can reveal .
The city is full of art galleries, trendy fashion boutiques and open-air coffee shops and is popular with wealthy Silicon Valley entrepreneurs and downtown financial brokers.
And the parents of the 18-year-old fit exactly into the high-society of Mill Valley.
Gabriel Natale-Hjorth, 18, (left) and Finnegan Lee Elder, 19, (right) are accused of stabbing deputy Brigadier General Mario Cerciello Rega on Friday in Rome. Natale-Hjorthand comes from the prosperous area of Mill Valley, California, known as & # 39; millionaire village & # 39;
This is the family's main house – a chic three-bedroom home worth $ 1.65 million with stunning views of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area
The couple is currently being held in solitary confinement in the Regina Coeli prison (above) in the center of Rome, while investigators are investigating the murder
Natale-Hjorth's parents also own this two-bedroom, two-bathroom property, less than 100 meters from the white sandy beach and the Pacific Ocean.
Gabriel & # 39; s mother Heidi Hjorth, 57, (left) is a high-end real estate agent with luxury real estate agent Golden Gate Sotheby & # 39; s International Realty, while his father Fabrizio Natale, 54, is also one of the elite of an executive Director at a venture capital and private equity firm
His mother Heidi Hjorth, 57, is a high-end real estate agent with luxury real estate agency Golden Gate Sotheby & # 39; s International Realty, which sells multi-million dollar homes to the richest in the city.
According to a profile on Sotheby & # 39; s, blonde Hjorth of Danish heritage and an avid fan of & # 39; the great outdoors, oceans, wine country, cycling, walking, animals and children, she pays most attention to houses full with family and friends. & # 39;
Lawyers are expected to use this damned image of Natale-Hjorth blindfolded and chained during a police interrogation to raise doubts about the credibility of the boys' confession
The Italian father Fabrizio Natale (54) of the accused teenager also belongs to the elite. Wednesday morning he could visit his son in prison, lawyer Francesco Petrelli revealed.
Mr. Natale, 54, said in a statement: & # 39; Gabriel is distraught with what happened and cannot handle it.
& # 39; We are deeply upset by his predicament and at the same time convinced of his innocence. & # 39;
Mr. Natale, executive director at a venture capital and private equity company called Capital Dynamics and a former main investment officer for the European Investment Fund.
He is also a member of the San Francisco Yacht Club, where the rich and famous of Northern California come together.
Mr. Natale, an experienced sailor, even participated in the Rolex Big Boat Series 2009 as a head trimmer on board the Tupelo Honey yacht – which won the IRC-D division trophy that year.
The rich, well-dressed couple also owns a multi-million dollar real estate portfolio in the area.
The main family home is an upscale $ 1.65 million three-bedroom home with stunning views of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area.
According to some reports, the couple may have recently divorced.
This could explain why the luxury real estate that they bought in 2004 is currently for sale on Hjorth's own real estate page.
She is trying to sell the house through Sotheby & # 39; s and the 2,440 m² large & # 39; Modern Barn & # 39; has high quality finishes everywhere, wide planks of hardwood floors, newly modeled kitchen and bathrooms, decks, siding and a beautiful landscape.
Hjorth and Natale also own a beautiful & # 39; architect designed & # 39; $ 2 million beach house in Stinson Beach, which is 13 miles along the coast.
The wealthy Natale-Hjorth family also owns this Sausalito, California apartment that they rent out
This is an interior of one of the three houses owned by the Natale-Hjorth family. This is worth around $ 2 million
The interior of the Natale-Hjorth beach house that is rented out to tourists all year round for up to $ 600 a night
Natale-Hjorth's father is a member of the San Francisco Yacht Club, where the rich and famous of Northern California come together, and an accomplished sailor (shown on the 5th Rolex Big Boat Series in 2009)
This photo on social media shows how Natale-Hjorth shows off his wealth outside the Gucci Shop in Rome, just a few days before he was arrested for the stabbing death of an Italian officer
The accommodation with two bedrooms and two bathrooms is less than 100 meters from the white sandy beach and the Pacific Ocean and is rented out to tourists all year round for up to $ 600 per night.
The house is on various vacation rental sites and & # 39; Heidi & # 39; is the specified agent.
The couple bought the land in 2015 and had an architect draw up plans to build a modern, designer house on the plot, but they were confronted with fierce local opposition.
Two neighbors tried to block the project and prevent them from getting a coastal development permit from Marin County.
But according to data, the permit was finally granted if certain conditions were met and the luxury property was built.
The couple also owns a $ 750,000 two-bed apartment in nearby Sausalito – a picturesque waterfront town – where Hjorth's father once lived, but is currently rented by a family.
Just days before killing, Natale-Hjorth posted a photo pose online with two Gucci bags full of designer gear that he had purchased in the brand's flagship store.
No one in this beautiful community can believe that Natale-Hjorth – a blonde, handsome, fully American athlete and an accomplished young man – could have been involved in such a terrible crime in Italy.
Both teenagers went to Tamalpais High school in Mill Valley, California, known as & # 39; millionaire village & # 39;
This is the Sacred Heart Cathedral Preparatory School in San Francisco, where Finnegan Lee Elder went and had to leave after beating a fellow student who suffered brain damage in 2016
The teenager played lacrosse in high school and he also sailed yachts with his father and boxed.
The teenager seemed to be a successful student dressed in a black tuxedo for his yearbook photo when he graduated from Tamalpais High School last year – a school that has interesting legendary rapper Tupac Shakur as a former student who went to his school in 1988 after his family moved to Marin Province of Baltimore.
Natale-Hjorth was a good student in every respect and had collaborated with Tam News, the Tamalpais High School newspaper.
But some classmates had a different image, with one, Tommy Flynn, telling local station KPIX5: & # 39; I have always known that he is a bad guy, & # 39; said. & # 39; He would invent stories about activities that you would not want your children to participate in. He is a little known in the city as a delinquent character.
The teenager enjoyed a privileged upbringing in Mill Valley, but enjoyed days at the beach and cycled over Mount Tamalpais with his younger brother Sebastian.
The brothers spent at least three weeks each summer in Italy with their father visiting their grandfather in Fregene, a coastal town just outside of Rome, where Natale-Hjorth became known to the locals as & # 39; Gabe & # 39 ;.
Ethan Elder, the father of Finnegan Elder, arrived in Rome on Wednesday morning and demanded to see his son on arrival. His mother Leah Elder told DailyMail.com that this was a & # 39; difficult time & # 39; is
This is the home of Elder and his family in the Sunset District of San Francisco
Finnegan Elder, 19, (left and right) told police that he had stabbed Italian police officer Rega because he thought the officer would strangle him on Friday while interrupting a failed drug deal
There was no answer Tuesday at the family home in Mill Valley, but two dogs were barking.
It is clear that the families of the two accused teenagers could travel to Italy in the coming days to visit the couple in prison.
About 48 hours after the incident happened Friday, photos of Natale-Hjorth happened blindfolded while in police custody distributed online, which must have shocked his family.
The pair are currently being held in solitary confinement in the Regina Coeli prison in central Rome, while investigators are investigating the murder.
Former lawyer of Natale-Hjorth, Emiliano Sisinni, told DailyMail.com: "Gabriel is traumatized, he is really in need. Not only because he was blindly folded and handcuffed at the police station, but also because he was involved in a murder investigation.
& # 39; He is just a young man who has just turned 18. & # 39;
DailyMail.com also spoke to Leah Elder, the mother of co-accused Finnegan Elder, outside the $ 1.3 million home in the Sunset District of San Francisco, just miles away from Mill Valley.
A handwritten sign hung at the gate: & Respect our privacy. Please do not disturb. & # 39;
But Mrs. Elder came out to talk briefly with our reporter.
The 51-year-old transport consultant said it was a & # 39; difficult & # 39; time, but could not say much, and referred us to her brother-in-law Sean Elder, a former Newsweek journalist.
Mr. Elder described his cousin and said that Finnegan – who used to play in a Catholic school team, Sacred Heart Prep, & # 39; had wrestled & # 39; and had problems during his childhood, & # 39; but no bad boy is & # 39 ;.
Elder & # 39; s father Tim Elder is a 61-year-old director at Pacific Lift & Equipment in San Francisco and arrived in Rome on Wednesday morning.
Photos by Cerciello Rega wearing his uniform at his wedding and showing off his wedding ring while sitting next to his radiant bride not long before he was murdered
Hundreds of people turned out to honor Cerciello Rega on Sunday outside a chapel in Rome
Flowers and tribute left for Deputy Brigadier General Mario Cerciello in the street where he was murdered in Rome
In a statement given to DailyMail.com on Tuesday, the older family said: & The older family expresses its sincere condolences to Officer Rega's family and everyone affected by his death.
& # 39; Our family thanks Francesco Codini and Emanuele Merolle for their work that Finn represents. Finn has appointed new lawyers today and they are Renato Borzone and Roberto Capra.
& # 39; Family members will be traveling to Rome soon. We are grateful that our son is treated well. & # 39;
The Italian judge in the case, judge Chiara Gallo, however, has less understanding for Elder.
He revealed that Elder had told the authorities that he had stabbed Rega eight times out of self-defense because he feared he would be strangled, but noted that the teenager had no marks in his neck.
Judge Gallo said in a ruling Monday that there were & # 39; serious & # 39; indications were that the teenagers had carried out the slaughter of officer Rega after he and a fellow civilian citizen had confronted the Americans as part of an investigation into a cocaine deal involving the two.
He died in a hospital shortly thereafter.
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