Outrage continues to grow in the Mexican state of Tamaulipas following the brutal kidnapping and murder of the father and brother of acclaimed film director Alejandro Gomez Monteverde.
Gomez Monteverde, married to actress Ali Landry, gained international fame with the films Bella and Little Boy.
The director’s father Juan Manuel Gomez Fernandez and his brother Juan Manuel Gomez Monteverde had traveled to the port city of Tampico, Tamaulipas, where gunmen kidnapped them at gunpoint on September 4, information provided to Breitbart Texas by Veracruz’s attorney general’s office revealed.
The remains of the two individuals were found not in Tampico but in the neighboring state of Veracruz in the city of Pueblo Viejo last Saturday. The bodies showed signs of torture and head trauma and had been dead for several days.
Preliminary information points to relatives paying out various ransom demands, however, investigators claim that the victims had been killed soon after the kidnapping. The Gomez family had financial interest in a chain of restaurants called Callejon de Los Milagros, which had opened locations in Tampico, Ciudad Victoria in Tamaulipas and most recently in Texas in the border city of McAllen.
Since the weekend, business leaders and community members in general have held silent vigils and protests calling for better security conditions in the state.
The Mexican states of Tamaulipas and Veracruz have been ground zero for intense cartel violence as rival groups fight for control of lucrative trade routes and territories. The violence has also been unleashed in at average citizens since drug cartels have resorted to kidnapping, extortion, carjacking and robberies to make extra money.
As reported by Breitbart Texas, the ongoing violence resulted in two leading congressmen calling out Secretary of State John Kerry over the lack of security at the consulates in that country and about the security conditions that U.S. citizens face there.
Despite the out-of-control violence in the state, Mexican officials continue claim that the security conditions in that country keep improving. Breitbart Texas reported on one interview when that country’s Secretary of the Interior Miguel Osorio Chong claimed that the security conditions were the best in a decade.