Former 'The Voice Mexico' Contestant Kidnapped, Killed
Gibran David Martiz Diaz had been missing since Jan. 7 and was found dead over the weekend.
MEXICO CITY – A former contestant of The Voice Mexico was found murdered over the weekend in the Gulf Coast state of Veracruz.
Gibran David Martiz Diaz, 22, had been missing since Jan. 7, the day he was kidnapped from his home in Veracruz by armed gunmen dressed as police officers. His body and the corpse of an unidentified minor were discovered late Saturday at the scene of a shootout between security forces and the suspected kidnappers.
Investigators said the victims had been killed prior to the conflict. Both suspects died in the fray.
Martiz Diaz participated on the third season of the Televisa-produced musical reality show, known in Spanish as La Voz Mexico.
Puerto Rican reggaeton duo Wisin & Yandel, Martiz Diaz' coaches, lamented the loss of the young man.
"Our most heartfelt condolences to the family, friends and fans of Gibran," they tweeted. "May God keep you in his glory."
This marks the second Voice Mexico tragedy in a little over a year. In December 2012, Mexican-American singer Jenni Rivera, a coach for the second season of The Voice Mexico, died in a plane crash.