CIUDAD VICTORIA, Mexico – Six people have been arrested in northern Mexico in connection with the killing of the brother-in-law and father-in-law of actress Ali Landry.
Federal police Chief Francisco Galindo said Sunday the arrested were made during an operation on Saturday in the south of Tamaulipas state. He said the suspects were holding six Central American migrants hostage at the time of their arrest.
Galindo added that the gang has been linked to at least 20 cases of kidnapping or homicide, including that of Juan Manuel Gomez Fernandez and Juan Manuel Gomez Monteverde – the father and brother of Landry’s husband Mexican director Alejandro Monteverde.
The father and son went missing in early September and their bodies were found Sept. 19 in Pueblo Viejo in northern Veracruz.
Last month Landry opened up about her father-in-law and brother-in-law in a post on Instagram, thanking fans for their love, support and prayers.
“The events surrounding my family were tragic and what has happened will profoundly affect our lives forever, but my Father in Law was the kind of man that radiated pure joy and it was infectious,” she wrote in the caption. “He loved and adored his family more than anything. He was a jokester, a great dancer, a crier (especially when he was talking about his sons:), and he lived his life in the present, appreciating each moment as a huge blessing. He was my husbands hero and like my second Dad.”
Landry continued: “My brother in law was such a hard working business owner. He was an incredible salsa dancer, he was fluent in Japanese and we all looked up to him. When things became dangerous in Tampico a few years ago he moved his family to Estonia, Guadalajara, and then Mcallan Texas just to keep them safe. He was a wonderful friend, an amazing husband, and a great father to his two beautiful children.”
At the end, Landry wrote: “This is a painful time, and we are still processing it all. What we have realized is that this journey through grief and loss is a marathon, not a sprint, and the only way to get through it is by the grace of God. We are determined not to allow this event to define them or our lives. We want to remember the beauty, the innocence, and the light that they represented, and to continue their legacy and always put family first:) Thank you again for caring for our family!!! Love Ali”
Based on reporting by the Associated Press.