In very sad and disturbing news, Former Miss USA Ali Landry’s father-in-law and brother-in-law were found dead in Mexico after a kidnapping earlier in the month, according to People. Jose Manuel Gomez Fernandez and Juan Manuel Gomez Monteverde are the father and brother of Landry’s husband, acclaimed director Alejandro Monteverde.
Fernandez and Monteverde were found Sept. 19 near Pueblo Viejo. Though not much is known about the reasoning behind the attacks, the Latin Times reports:
Monteverde’s brother, Juan Manuel, was a business partner at “La Pecerita,” previously known as “El Callejón de los Milagros” in Tampico, Tamaulipas, a restaurant that has allegedly reported drug cartel activity in the past. It is well known that the south of Tamaulipas and the north of Veracruz are lawless territories with high rates of crime, primarily caused by drug cartel members.
Despite a ransom being paid to bargain for the father and son’s survival, the pair were murdered in a region known for drug cartel violence between Los Zetas and the Gulf Cartel. Monteverde, 38, is recognized for his films “Bella” and “Little Boy,” the former having taken first place at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2006, according to Fox News.
Neither Landry nor Monteverde have spoken out about the devastating incident, though Eduardo Verastegui, the producer who worked closely with Monteverde on his film, this year’s Little Boy, expressed his heartfelt condolences on Twitter.
“With a heartful of pain and sadness, I ask for prayers for my friend and ‘compadre’ Alejandro Gomez Monteverde and all his family,” his tweet translates into in English. “My deepest condolences to my soul brother, I love you so much ‘compadre,’ I put my heart in your hands and I join you in this deep pain.”