Already have an account?
Get back to the

Ali Landry Speaks Out After Murders of Father-in-Law, Brother-in-Law: It Will “Profoundly Affect Our Lives Forever”

Ali Landry Breaks Silence After Murders
Ali Landry spoke out via Facebook this past weekend, mourning the deaths of her father-in-law and brother-in-law, who were found murdered in Mexico last month -- read her update.

Family first. After her father-in-law and brother-in-law were murdered last month in Mexico, a grieving Ali Landry spoke out for the first time via social media this past weekend.

"ICYMI," the former Miss USA began, alongside a WhoSay photo of her late father-in-law, Juan Manuel Gómez Fernández, and brother-in-law, Juan Manuel Gómez Monteverde. "I want to thank all of you for your love, support and prayers during this time of grief."

Related: PHOTOS: Celeb deaths in 2015

Landry's in-laws, the dad and sibling of her film director husband, Alejandro Gomez Monteverde, were found dead on Sept. 19, in a remote part of Mexico's Veracruz region. The local attorney general subsequently released a report stating that both dad and son suffered brain trauma. The men were held hostage for a little over two weeks, after being kidnapped outside their home on Sept. 4. A ransom was reportedly paid for their release, but the kidnappers reneged on their word and killed the victims.

Related: PHOTOS: Stars gone too soon

"Yes, the events surrounding my family were tragic and what has happened will profoundly affect our lives forever," Landry, 42, continued on Oct. 16. "But my Father in Law was the kind of man that radiated pure joy and it was infectious. 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."

Related: PHOTOS: Reality TV tragedies

Landry also praised her husband's brother. "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," she shared. "When things became dangerous in Tampico a few years ago he moved his family to Estonia, Guadalajara, and then Mcallen Texas just to keep them safe. He was a wonderful friend, an amazing husband, and a great father to his two beautiful children."

Related: PHOTOS: Celeb BFFs

As Us Weekly previously reported, Landry and her husband, along with other family members, scattered the ashes of the two on Sept. 23, off the coast of Tampico, Mexico.

"This is a painful time, and we are still processing it all," she said in her latest post, shared nearly a month after the deaths. "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."

In this article