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Killing Outside Private School Heightens Concern over Costa Rica’s Rising Homicide Rate

ISSN:1089-1560
LADB Article ID: 80340
Category/Department: Costa Rica
Date: 2017-07-06
By: George Rodríguez

It was quiet the morning of May 15 as parents left their children and drove away from Mount View, a private school in Guachipelín, an exclusive suburb west of San José, Costa Rica’s capital. Nearby, two men dressed in sportswear appeared to be warming up for exercise. When a white Lexus vehicle appeared, at around 7:20 a.m., the scene suddenly changed to one of chaos and terror, as the two men drew automatic weapons from backpacks they had placed on the ground and began shooting at the luxury car. Elías Akl’s killing led Costa Rica’s highest government and security authorities to review the state of the country’s safety, and raised concern about the presence of foreign criminals in the country. Elías Akl’s killing led Costa Rica’s highest government and security authorities to review the state of the country’s safety, and raised concern about the presence of foreign criminals in the country. On on May 17, President Luis Guillermo Solís convened a meeting of the nation’s top government and security officials. Together with Vice Presidents Helio Fallas and Ana Helena Chacón and Security Minister Gustavo Mata, Solís met for four hours with the police high command to address the country’s security, with a focus on similar violent incidents.

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