Seven inmates in a Guatemalan prison have been killed and beheaded in response to the shooting of a 30-year-old model who had just visited her imprisoned partner.
Anahis del Carmen Gambin was reportedly shot dead in her car at a roundabout by two men on a motorbike after just visiting her partner at Granja prison in Quetzaltenango in the south-western Guatemalan department of the same name on 19th May.
The model, a mother-of-two from Venezuela, died instantly and her body was found slumped in her car riddled with bullets.
The victim’s partner Carlos Roberto Leon Varillas, alias ‘Juancho Leon Jr’, the grandson of late drug trafficker Juancho Leon, was allegedly being extorted in prison by a gang called ‘Los Imitadores’ who threatened to kill him and his family if he did not do as they asked.
Inmates were calling for members of the gang to be transferred to other prisons before the incident took place.
Hours after the 30-year-old model’s shooting, a prison riot broke out in the courtyard resulting in the death of seven inmates, according to the news site Noticiascol.
The seven inmates were reportedly beheaded and the prison director was taken hostage before being released shortly afterwards.
Police and Guatemalan soldiers arrived at the prison to regain control.
Meanwhile, the model’s body was taken to the National Institute of Forensic Sciences (INACIF) to undergo an autopsy before being released to her family for burial.
The investigation is ongoing.