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Miss Honduras was shot while trying to flee

Further details about the sad incident of the murder of Miss Hondura,Maria Jose Alvarado, 19,  who was due to participate in the forth coming Miss World beauty pageant continues to emerge as investigation continues. In a report by AFP, it is believed that Maria Jose Alvarado was shot on the back while making effort to escape from her sister's jealous boyfriend. The full story below as made available through Yahoo News!

Santa Barbara (Honduras) (AFP) - Miss Honduras was fatally shot as she tried to escape her sister's jealous boyfriend, police and reports said, hours after the siblings were found dead beside a river.

Maria Jose Alvarado, 19, who had been due to fly to London to compete in the Miss World beauty pageant, disappeared with her sister Sofia Trinidad Alvarado six days ago after a party, sparking an exhaustive search.

La Prensa newspaper reported that police were investigating whether Trinidad's boyfriend, Plutarco Ruiz, shot Sofia Trinidad in the head after he became jealous when he saw her dancing with another man. He then reportedly shot her beauty-queen sister twice in the back as she tried to flee.

Chief detective Leandro Osorio said the bodies of Maria Jose and her 23-year-old sister had been found buried along the banks of the Aguagual River in the town of Arada, in violence-plagued Honduras's northwest.

"We are 100 percent sure that it's them," Osorio said.

Police arrested Ruiz and his alleged accomplice on Tuesday, seizing a Colt-45 pistol and two vehicles.

- Boyfriend is main suspect -

Security Minister Arturo Corrales said there was "no doubt" that Ruiz was behind the crime and that he had been helped by another man, Aris Maldonado Mejia.

"We think that Plutarco led the crime, materially and intellectually," Corrales said.

Police are investigating additional suspects who they believe tried to help cover up the shooting, including by cleaning and repainting a pick-up used in the crime.

The accomplice and Plutarco Ruiz, the man who shot Maria Jose Alvarado and her sister, Sofia Trinidad

The accomplice and Plutarco Ruiz, the man who shot Maria Jose Alvarado and her sister, Sofia Trinidad | Image via NY DailyNews

On Wednesday, police also arrested the resort's owner Ventura Diaz; his wife Elizabeth Alvarado; and their daughter Irma Nicolle.

Organizers of the Miss World pageant, which begins Saturday, sent their condolences and announced a tribute this weekend in honor of the slain sisters.

"We are devastated by this terrible loss of two young women, who were so full of life," Julia Morley, the pageant's chairwoman, said in a statement.

"We will be holding a special service with all of the Miss World contestants on Sunday, where we will be honoring the lives of Maria Jose Alvarado and Sofia Trinidad, and say prayers for them and their family."

Miss World organizers said they also planned to donate money to a children's home in Honduras in the two women's memory.

Alvarado, who turned heads with her gleaming smile and wavy chestnut hair, was in her last year of university at the Northern Polytechnic Institute, where she studied computer science.

The decomposing body of Maria Jose Alvarado being carried away by the police | Image via Telemundo

The decomposing body of Maria Jose Alvarado being carried away by the police | Image via Telemundo

She had participated in beauty contests since she was a young girl.

She was also known in Honduras for her work as a model on popular TV game show "X-0."

She and her sister disappeared outside the northwestern city of Santa Barbara after attending a birthday party for the accused Ruiz at a local resort.

The riverbank where their bodies were discovered was located about 20 kilometers (12 miles) away.

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The sisters were last seen leaving the party in a champagne-colored car.

Their mother, Teresa Munoz, says the same vehicle was at her home earlier that day to pick up Maria Jose, who had just arrived from the capital Tegucigalpa, about 200 kilometers away.

Munoz had made a tearful plea for the safe return of her daughters after their disappearance.

Residents of Santa Barbara held a demonstration demanding their release Tuesday, when hope still lingered that they were alive. Wearing white T-shirts with the girls' pictures on them, they marched with a banner reading "May God protect them."

Honduras, a poor Central American country of eight million people, has the world's highest homicide rate, at 90.4 per 100,000 inhabitants in 2012.

The United Nations' special rapporteur on violence against women, Rashida Manjoo, warned in July that violence against women was on the rise in Honduras, with a 263.4-percent increase in the number of females killed violently between 2005 and 2013.

5 Comments

5 Comments

  1. Ejinwa Anthony

    November 20, 2014 at 10:55 am

    what jealousy can cause, so that’s how her promising future just came to a an abrupt end. RIP dearie

  2. ubesie chukwuebuka chidiogo

    November 20, 2014 at 12:59 pm

    this is a tragedy news, shot dead by her jealous boyfriend, this world is full of evil men, I’m asking myself this question, Is it because you saw her with another man That’s why you shot her and her sister?, this is bad my condolences to the lost once R.I.P

    • Ejinwa Anthony

      November 22, 2014 at 8:14 am

      yeah alot of evil men are out there, that’s what balances the earth

  3. Ademola Oluwaseun

    November 21, 2014 at 12:36 am

    So touching, I felt for their parent, especially their Mum. May God console her, and RIP to the deceased.

    • Ejinwa Anthony

      November 22, 2014 at 8:15 am

      yeah my condolences also goes out to them

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