Souvenir shop owner gunned down on coast

A souvenir shop owner died Sunday night near Jacó, the apparent victim of an assassination outside her home.

The victim was identified as 38-year-old Alejandra Erpen Fabre, a citizen of Argentina who had lived in the central Pacific town for about six years, said investigators.

The Judicial Investigating Organization said that the woman died about 10 p.m. as she was about to enter her home in Playa Hermosa. She suffered a bullet in the neck. Her sister who accompanied her was wounded in the hand, agents said.

There did not appear to be an effort at robbery, and the person with the gun, believed to be a man, fled on foot.

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