Jealous boyfriend who murdered Miss World contestant and sister killed in prison

A man who was jailed for murdering his girlfriend and her sister, a Miss World contestant, has been killed in prison.

Plutarco Ruiz was handed a 45-year jail sentence in September 2017 following the slaying of Miss Honduras Maria Jose Alvarado and her sister Sofia, who was his girlfriend at the time.

Now Ruiz, 40, has been killed at El Pozo, the maximum-security prison in Ilama, Honduras, where he was serving his time.

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According to reports, the murderer was shot dead around 4pm local time (10pm UK time) on Thursday (February 2) by two other inmates.

The alleged murder weapon was then seized by prison guards.

It is currently unclear why the two inmates killed Ruiz and how they managed to get their hands on a gun.

Ruiz is said to have flown into a rage after he saw Sofia, 23, dancing with another man on November 13, 2014, and shot the sisters dead in his anger as they tried to flee the killer's birthday party.

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Ruiz quickly became a suspect and was described by neighbours as a "jealous and problematic" partner after he had been drinking.

He initially denied any knowledge of his victims' whereabouts and even offered to help their family look for them before eventually confessing to the killings.

After days of questioning by police he eventually led officers to the side of the Aguagua River where he had buried their bodies, near the location of the ill-fated private party where Ruiz had celebrated his birthday.

Beauty queen Maria Jose, 19, was killed just days before she was due to fly to London to compete in the Miss World competition after beating out 18 other contestants to the title of Miss Honduras.

Julia Morley, chairman of the Miss World organisation, said at the time after learning of the murders: “We are devastated by this terrible loss of two young women, who were so full of life.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of Maria Jose Alvarado and Sofia Trinidad at this time of grief.

“We are receiving messages of condolences and support from our Miss World family across the world, who all share our sadness at such a tragedy.

“We will be holding a special service with all the Miss World contestants on Sunday, where we will be honouring the lives of Maria Jose Alvarado and Sofia Trinidad, and say prayers for them and their family.”


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