Supermodel killed during prison riot while visiting boyfriend and gang leader who murdered bishop with brick


Joanna Birriel 
By: Mahesh Sarin

(Scroll down for video) A young supermodel has died during a prison riot, during which four prisoners were decapitated, according to police in Guatemala.

24-year-old Joanna Birriel, who moved to the country from Argentina to be closer to her boyfriend, was killed when a prisoner threw a grenade at Byron Lima.

Lima had been serving a 20 year sentence for killing popular Bishop Juan Jose Gerardi, who was an opponent of the military regime.

Gerardi died after being bashed in the head with a brick. He was the head of the human rights division in the catholic church.

According to the police investigation, Lima was killed by a rival gang in prison. Lima was an army captain, and has been one of the most powerful inmates in the prison system.

Trouble started for Lima, when he banned a rival gang from selling drugs in the prison where he was serving his sentence.

The riot occurred at the Granja Pavon Prison. 13 prisoners were killed as a result of the riot and four were decapitated.