- The Washington Times - Thursday, September 24, 2015

The father and brother of Mexican film director Alejandro Gomez Monteverde, who is married to former Miss USA Ali Landry, have been murdered in Mexico after being held hostage for 16 days.

The bodies of Juan Manuel Gomez Fernandez and Juan Manuel Gomez Monteverde were discovered with severe head injuries in Veracruz, which is known for drug cartel violence between Los Zetas and the Gulf Cartel, the New York Post reported.

A ransom had reportedly been paid to bargain for the father and son’s survival.

Mr. Monteverde, recognized for his films “Bella” and “Little Boy,” has three children with Ms. Landry. He has yet to issue a statement about his loss, but “Little Boy” producer Eduardo Verástegui, shared his condolences on Twitter Monday in Spanish.

“With a heart full of pain and sadness, I ask for prayers for my friend and ‘compadre’ Alejandro Gomez Monteverde and all his family,” his tweet reads in English, E! Online reported. “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.”

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