‘Half my family is gone’: Grandma mourns kin’s death in Mexico


The devastated mom of an Iowa woman found dead with her husband and kids at a Mexican resort joined family members to mourn — and at least attempt to make sense of their unfathomable loss.

“Half my family is gone,” Beth Fry told the Des Moines Register.

Her daughter, Amy Sharp, 38, was found Friday with the corpses of her husband, Kevin Wayne Sharp, 41, and their kids, Sterling Wayne Sharp, 12, and Adrianna Marie Sharp, 7, in a condo within a tourist complex in Tulum, Mexico, local police said. They were reported missing for more than a week.

Fry’s kin gathered at her home in Creston, Iowa — where the Sharps also lived — and took turns consoling her as she fought back tears.

“We’re determined,” Fry said. “We have love and support and family and friends and we will get through this. One way or another, we will.”

Renee Hoyt, Amy Marie Sharp’s sister, told the Creston News Advertiser that the family left Creston on March 13 and drove to St. Louis, where they stayed the night before boarding a non-stop flight to Cancun the following day. The next day, the family rented a car and drove to their condo in Tulum, Hoy said.

There were no signs of foul play and their official causes of death have yet to be determined pending their autopsies, which will be conducted in Mexico, authorities said.

Kevin worked as a salesman for beer distributor Southwest Distributing Co., and Amy worked as a dental-claims specialist for Principal Financial in Des Moines, the Des Moines Register reported.

Family described their daughter, Adrianna, as a budding fashion stylist, while Sterling, was an avid athlete who played baseball and loved swimming, fishing and hunting.

The Sharp’s last communication with family was on March 14, when Amy sent a text to her mother saying, ‘We made it to our condo,’” Hoyt told the Creston News Advertiser.


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