Saturday, 7 June 2014
María José Alvarado - Miss World Honduras 2014
María José Alvarado Muñoz
Born: 19 July 1995 in Santa Bárbara, Honduras
Died: 13 November 2014 in Cablotales, Honduras
1. Miss Honduras World 2014 - Winner
2. Miss World 2014 - Very Sadly
On the night of 13 November 2014, 19-year-old María José and her 23-year-old sister, Sofía Trinidad Alvarado Muñoz, disappeared after leaving a party in Santa Bárbara, Honduras. According to witnesses she stepped into a car without license plates.
On 19 November, the same day María José was expected to travel to London, her and her sister's bodies were found. They had both been shot and buried in a field near the village of Cablotales. The boyfriend of Sofía Trinidad, Plutarco Ruiz, and another man, Aris Maldonado, have both been arrested on suspicion of kidnapping and murder of the two sisters. Ruiz confessed to the murders, stating he had shot Sofía Trinidad after an argument on the night of the party, then shot María José twice in the back as she tried to flee.
It was also announced the same day that Honduras would not send a replacement to the Miss World pageant as a sign of respect for Alvarado.
The chairwoman of the Miss World organization Julia Morley released a statement "to everyone around the world who has been touched by the awful news from Honduras this morning." She added, "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 Sofía Trinidad at this time of grief." Morley also stated the Miss World pageant would hold a special memorial service for María José and her sister on 23 November.