A horror story of sexual obsession played out with fatal results Wednesday evening in Portalón on the central Pacific coast.
A 45-year-old man termed the stepfather who had been pursuing his 15-year-old stepdaughter finally caught up with her at a bus stop and shot her dead. Then he turned the gun on himself and committed suicide.
Dead was the schoolgirl who had the last name of Madrigal. She had rebuffed the man repeatedly even as he was living in the same home with her mother. The girl was so tortured by the situation that she tried to commit suicide earlier in the year, friends said. At one point she or someone in her family sought an order of protection from the man but did not follow through.
The girl had traveled from her home to the south in Matapalo where she lived with a grandmother to see her mother. She was conversing with a school friend about 6:30 p.m. at a bus stop when her tormentor, identified by the last name of Umaña, appeared, walked up to her, and, as the witness said, without saying a word pumped bullets into the 15-year-old.
He returned to the body a minute later and fired at least one more time into the dead girl. The man had a .38-caliber revolver, said the Judicial Investigating Organization.
Portalón is south of Quepos just off the coastal highway.