Netflix actor Kevin Muñoz has been found dead with several machete wounds and his hands and feet tied, local media reported.
According to Noticias RCN, the 23-year-old actor, who starred in the streaming site’s film Lavaperros, was found with multiple blunt-force wounds across his body in Tuluá, Colombia on Tuesday (November 21).
Authorities and the CTI of the Prosecutor’s Office believe the Colombian star had been tortured with a sharp blade like a machete in the moments before his death, following a suspected armed robbery.
An unnamed 19-year-old has been arrested as a suspect in the murder, according to the head of local police Nicolás Suárez.
Suárez spoke to the outlet about the tragedy, stating: “The Valle Police Department reports that, thanks to the timely information provided by citizens, in an operational deployment of the Police, the capture of a 19-year-old man was achieved who, minutes before, had allegedly participated in the homicide of Kevin Andres Munoz Tovar, a renowned actor from a Colombian film.”
“The subjects who caused the injuries then fled the scene, but thanks to information from the community, one of them was captured,” the police added.
Per IMBD, Muñoz participated as a secondary actor as “Yoiner” in the 2020 Netflix film titled Lavaperros which was called Dogwashers when released to Western audiences. Directed by Carlos Moreno, the flick follows the story of a man in financial trouble with a loan shark looking to kill him.
The late actor also participated in the Apple TV series Echo 3, in which he also had a secondary role alongside Michiel Huisman, Luke Evans, and Jessica Collins. The movie is about an American scientist in Colombia who is abducted, and the attempts by her husband and brother to rescue her, as stated by Daily Mail.
Additionally, Muñoz featured in an episode of the streaming Colombian TV show Turbia, which tells the story of two communities, one wealthy and one poor, who are faced with water shortages following several months of drought.
Tributes for the young star have poured in on social media since the heartbreaking news of his death broke.
One user wrote (translated from Spanish to English): “It is with great sadness that I learned today of the violent death of Kevin Andrés Muñoz Tovar, who played Yoiner in the movie ‘Lavaperros’. He was 23 years old and had a promising future in music and acting. Rest in peace.”
Another said: “His talent illuminated the screen in Netflix’s Lavaperros, and his promising career was cut short in a shocking incident. Our thoughts are with his family and friends during this difficult time. Let’s remember Kevin for the joy he brought us through his performances.”
A third commented: “My condolences to his family, and although the alleged murderer has already been captured, nothing will bring him back to life.”
The investigation into Muñoz’s murder continues.
Our thoughts are with the actor’s family, friends, and fans at this time.