Location scout for Netflix's 'Narcos' shot dead in Mexico

Kelvin Reese
September 17, 2017

A location scout for a popular Netflix series has reportedly been shot and killed while on a scouting trip in Mexico.

A location scout, Carlos Muñoz Portal, of the hit Netflix show "Narcos" was shot dead in a violent region of Mexico, reported Business Insider.

Carlos Muñoz Portal, 37, was found dead in his vehicle, his body riddled with bullets, in Temascalapa, a violent region in central Mexico that lies 60km from Mexico City. "Last July, 182 cases were registered, a rate of 12.2 per 100,000 inhabitants".

The Mexican Institute of Cinematography (Imcine) issued a statement mourning Munoz's death. "Muñoz was a seasoned veteran filmmaker to find filming locations for the major USA film productions working in Mexico".

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A Netflix statement said, "We are aware of the passing of Carlos Muñoz Portal, a well-respected location scout, and send our condolences to his family". The Hollywood Reporter, though, reports, "Narcos season 4 moves from Colombia to Mexico and it centers on the fearsome Juarez cartel". While there are no concrete details as to the backstory behind the man's murder, sources are saying that local authorities continue to gather information concerning the details of the homicide.

He had previously contributed to films such as Apocalypto, Fast & Furious, Sicario, and Spectre.

The network added that circumstances surrounding the death remain unclear.

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