Man scouting for Netflix’ ‘Narcos’ locations killed in Mexico

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Carlos Muñoz Portal was shot to death in central Mexico Monday while scouting for season four of Netflix’s hit show “Narcos.”

Muñoz’s body and car were found in a remote area near San Bartolo Actopan, near the borders of Hidalgo state, his body riddled with bullets, according to local reports. Police believe the car may have been involved in some kind of chase.

One of Munoz’s friends said that he may have been out taking photographs when he was shot. The friend speculated that a man who was unknown, taking pictures in the crime-ridden area, may have spooked locals.

Reportedly, the authorities are having trouble piecing together the circumstances that led to his killing, as they try to establish if there were witnesses to the events.

Netflix issued the following statement: “We are aware of the passing of Carlos Muñoz Portal, a well-respected location scout, and send our condolences to his family. The facts surrounding his death are still unknown as authorities continue to investigate.”

Hidalgo is said to have one of the highest murder rates in Mexico. According to Variety, there were 182 cases of homicide in July.

In season 3, “Narcos” detailed the rise and fall of Colombia’s Cali cartel, shifting the drug wars to Mexico. Season 4 was reportedly set to explore the origins of Mexico’s infamous Juarez cartel. Munoz’s murder may halt the production of the new season, although there has been no announcement as to whether production will continue in Mexico or move back to Colombia.

Moving production would lead to the loss of jobs associated with the production for some citizens of Mexico.

Muñoz was scouting in Mexico, in a violent region, while working for Stacy Perskie’s Mexico City-based production company Redrum. He had many high-profile credits to his name, including “Sicario,” “Spectre,” “Fast & Furious” and “Apocalypto.”

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