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Hispanic beauty queen murdered in a restaurant in Ecuador (PHOTOS)

2024-05-01T20:18:17+00:00
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Beauty queen Landy Párraga murdered (Photo: Shutterstock)
  • Tragedy in Quevedo: Murder shocks.
  • Life full of luxury cut short.
  • Shady connections shake up investigation.

Tragedy struck the beauty pageant world in Ecuador last Sunday, April 28th.

Landy Párraga, a well-known former beauty pageant contestant and local businesswoman, fell victim to a fatal shooting at a restaurant in the area.

According to reports from the local media outlet AlDía, armed individuals stormed the establishment and opened fire on Párraga, who was dining with other patrons enjoying lunch.

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SHE WENT TO A WEDDING SHORTLY BEFORE SHE DIED

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Landy Párraga, aged 23, hailed from Quevedo and had a notable participation as the first runner-up in 2019 and as a contestant in Miss Ecuador in 2022.

She had been invited to a wedding the Saturday before her death, where she was seen sharing moments with her partner, according to Ecuavisa.

Her presence on social media, where she often showcased a life filled with luxuries, travels, and entrepreneurial ventures, sharply contrasted with the harshness of her final fate.

In addition to her involvement in beauty pageants, the victim owned a household goods importing business and had her own line of sportswear.

WHY DID THEY KILL HER?

 

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However, her life became embroiled in a murky scandal when her name surfaced in the chats of the «Metastasis» case on January 8th.

In these messages, there were insinuations of a romantic relationship with the drug trafficker Leandro Norero.

The details of this conversation, dated July 13, 2022, between the lawyer Helive Angulo, known as «Estimado,» and Norero, caused a great scandal.

The messages indicate that the former was questioned by the police regarding a woman linked to drug trafficking, thus pointing towards the potential involvement of Párraga in illicit activities.

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The Prosecutor’s Office has initiated the corresponding investigations following the homicide of Landy Párraga, with the retrieval of her body and the opening of proceedings to clarify the events and determine responsibilities, according to the cited media outlet.

Landy Párraga stood out not only for her beauty but also for her charitable work and her foray into the world of modeling.

Throughout her career, she achieved various beauty titles, including Queen of the Venus parish in Río Quevedo, Miss Tourism of Quevedo 2019, and Miss Mesoamerica Ecuador 2022.

She had become a reference in the field of fashion and beauty in the region.

IT WAS ALSO AN INFLUENCE

 

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In addition to her modeling career, Párraga was an active social communicator and a social media influencer.

With over 132 thousand followers on Instagram, she shared her travel experiences, exercise routines, and culinary delights, thus building a virtual community around her lifestyle, according to Primicias.

But her influence extended beyond the digital world. As a volunteer at the Gerontological Center of Quevedo, Landy dedicated her time to helping the most vulnerable.

Her charitable spirit was also evident in her participation in collecting pallets for the construction of solidarity shelters in Manabí after a devastating earthquake, as reported by the media outlet.

UNEXPECTED TURN OF LIFE

 

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However, her name took an unexpected turn in January 2024 when she was mentioned in Leandro Norero’s chats during the investigation of the Metastasis case.

Despite the insinuations linking her to criminal activities, the Prosecutor’s Office did not find sufficient evidence to implicate Párraga in the case.

Landy Párraga’s life was marked by her achievements in modeling, her commitment to community service, and the unexpected public scrutiny that followed her tragic death at the restaurant in Quevedo.

Her legacy will endure both in the memories of those who knew her and in the footsteps she left in her community and on social media, where she shared her life and passions.

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