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Location Scout for Netflix Series Shot Dead

Carlos Muñoz Portal was killed while working on Narcos
By Josh Rosenblatt,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 17, 2017 10:15 AM CDT
Narcos Location Scout Killed in Mexico
   (Daniel Daza/Netflix via AP)

(Newser) – Fact has outpaced fiction for the popular Netflix series Narcos, about the Colombian drug trade. On Monday, Carlos Muñoz Portal, a location manager for the show, was shot to death while scouting filming sites in rural Mexico, Variety reports. Muñoz's bullet-riddled body was found on a remote country road in the town of Temascalapa, near the state of Hidalgo, one of the most violent places in the country. 182 homicides were reported in the region last year. Due to a lack of witnesses, police are having difficulty finding leads in the case.

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Narco's first three seasons were shot in Colombia, but producers have hinted that they would be shooting season four in Mexico to follow the evolution of the cocaine trade from Colombia to that country, the Washington Post reports. Muñoz, 37, a Mexican native, worked on such films as Man on Fire and The Legend of Zorro during his more than 10-year career. He had gone to the town of Temascalapa to shoot photographs and a friend speculates his camera could have attracted unwanted attention. (Read more narcostate stories.)

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