The husband of Mrs. Universe, Colombia’s Layla Martinez, has been killed in the northern city of Barranquilla, local media reported Friday, adding that the victim was a member of drug cartel “Los Rastrojos.”
Juan Carlos Cantillo was one of two alleged members of the Rastrojos who were shot dead in a shoot-out Thursday in a bakery located in the north of the Caribbean port city.
According to Barranquilla’s police commissioner, General Jose Vicente Segura, the shoot-out was a result of infighting between Caribbean and Pacific-based factions of the Rastrojos.
The current Mrs. Universe had previously denied her husband was a drug trafficker when Russian media started reporting on her possible connection to Colombia’s infamous and illicit export product.
Martinez is a Barranquilla native. She was elected Mrs. Universe, a beauty pageant for married women, in August last year.