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  • 22 January 2014, 15:55

Police Held Over 'The Voice' Singer's Murder

Seven police officers have been arrested in connection with the kidnap and murder of a former contestant from the Mexican version of The Voice.

Gibran David Martiz Diaz, 22, was found dead with gunshot wounds on Saturday in the Gulf Coast state of Veracruz.

Authorities believe Diaz and another victim were killed moments before security forces arrived to free them.

Two kidnapping suspects were also killed during the shootout, officials said.

Diaz and his friend had been missing since January 7 when they were abducted from his house - allegedly by men wearing police uniforms.

His family had appealed on Twitter and Facebook to try to find the 22-year-old, who featured in the last season of the singing show.

Kidnapping is not an unusual event in Mexico and is said to be on the rise. Some 105,000 abductions took place in the country in 2012.

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