Father, Brother of Mexican Director Alejandro Gomez Monteverde Killed in Mexico

Alejandro Gomez Monteverde - H 2015
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They were found dead several weeks after being kidnapped for ransom.

Little Boy director Alejandro Gomez Monteverde received the tragic news over the weekend that his father and brother were found dead 16 days after they had been abducted for ransom.

Gomez Monteverde's father, Juan Manuel Gomez Fernandez, and his brother, Juan Manuel Gomez Monteverde, were kidnapped while leaving their Tampico, Tamaulipas home on Sept. 4.

According to a Televisa news program, the men were killed after the family had paid ransom.

Authorities found the bodies in the Gulf coast state of Veracruz, where they also identified a vehicle with Tampico license plates.

Latin Times reported that the filmmaker's brother, Juan Manuel, was a business partner at a Tampico restaurant that had allegedly reported drug gang activity in the past. The U.S. State Department advises its citizens to defer non-essential travel to the northeastern border state of Tamaulipas due to high rates of kidnappings and violent crime.  

Mexico's organized crime unit is investigating the case.

Gomez Monteverde is the director of the U.S.-Mexico drama Bella, starring Eduardo Verastegui, and the World War II drama Little Boy, featuring Emily Watson.