Director’s family kidnapped and killed

Alejandro Gómez Monteverde with his fatherHollywood film producer and director Alejandro Monteverde‘s father and brother – Juan Manuel Gómez Fernández and Juan Manuel Gómez Monteverde – were kidnapped over two weeks ago in Mexico. It was recently announced that both men have been killed. Their bodies were found on September 16 with severe head injuries.

Alejandro’s brother Juan Manuel was a business partner at the La Pecerita restaurant, and it had reportedly been involved in past drug activities. According to the Daily Mail, the family paid the first ransom that was demanded but refused further payment until they were given proof that the men were alive. 

Alejandro Gómez Monteverde, who directed Emily Watson and Tom Wilkinson in the 2015 film Little Boy, won the People’s Choice Award at the 2006 Toronto International Film Festival for his debut feature, Bella. He has not yet issued a statement.

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  1. Samsquanch • September 24, 2015 @ 2:38 PM

    Ahhh Mexico…

  2. Mike Hunt • September 24, 2015 @ 2:45 PM

    So sorry to hear that. I had a brother who was murdered over drugs by Hell’s Angels order, and you never get over it.
    Sympathy for the family.
    So sad that there are people in the world who can be so barbaric.

  3. Louise Leamen • September 24, 2015 @ 2:46 PM

    Although I have never seen any of
    Mr. Monteverde’s films, which I know
    to be excellent.
    My heart and prayers go out to the families.
    Why doesn’t the Government or the top person
    in charge go after these people. Or is the Mexican
    Officials bought off and turn their heads the other way? That, is so wrong on so many levels.
    Somebody in charge has to do something about this corruption.

  4. onerottenpug • September 24, 2015 @ 2:49 PM

    Lived in Mexico in the mid eighties. All friends there have moved out or trying to get out because of the mess it has become. Unfortunately it has become a country that requires a complete reboot.

  5. Jean • September 24, 2015 @ 3:56 PM

    That is just so sad. Just unreal. Humans are the most violent species, animals have more compassion and love for each other than we do. I just can’t get over the fact we as humans can do stuff like this, we should not be called humans, because there are just so many of us who have no humanity in us.

  6. cartels • September 24, 2015 @ 4:20 PM

    Seems there’s no backing out of a drug deal if you live in Mexico without the cartel retaliating. This is just another reason why all drugs should be legalized. So it puts these types of evil men out of business and hopefully in jail or killed off once and for all.

  7. Animal lover • September 26, 2015 @ 5:44 PM

    I agree with Jean. It is so true. I went to Mexico in 1970 when I was much younger. It was a great adventure, but the cops were crooked, especially if they know you are a tourist.

  8. Mandy • September 27, 2015 @ 10:55 PM

    I know a lot of people go to Mexico and come back alive, but just the thought of how much corruption and violence exists in that country keeps me from ever even considering going there.

  9. Alexandre Bez • September 28, 2015 @ 12:09 AM

    I have lost my dad in a robbery progress situation. And i know how dificult is. Too few people can recovery when the persons we love, are bruttally take from us, like this. I’m from Brazil, but now a days we are living a caos situation here, with no specific laws to bad guys, no life in prision, and the death penalt works only to normal people, decided by thieves who will survived or not in robbery cases.
    I desire to Mr. Monteverde and his family, my deepest sorry, and can they recovery as soon as possíble.

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