The weekend witnessed what appears to be at least two assassinations and other cases of gun play and stabbings.
In Cartago a 40-year-old woman was gunned down Sunday afternoon while she was driving her car. She suffered multiple bullet wounds, and investigators suspect she was killed by someone who was riding as a passenger in her car.
In La Rita de Guápiles, a 23-year-old man died from multiple gunshots about 12:30 a.m. Saturday. He was identified by the last name of Loaiciga. He was a former resident of Alajuelita who had just moved to the area. Judicial agents said there was no sign of robbery. All his documents, cell telephone and wallet still were on the body.
Over the weekend judicial agents captured a man with the last name of Medrano who is accused of killing his 22-year-old brother April 28. The suspect is 25. The death appears to have been the result of a family quarrel.
In San Vito de Coto Brus, judicial agents said a taxi driver was
the victim of what appears to be a robbery. He was identified by the last name of Benavides. Agents said he was 74 years old. His body was discovered Saturday about 5:30 a.m.
He was a porteador or unlicensed taxi driver who worked the night shift.
At Hospital San Juan de Dios a 19 year old was hanging between life and death after having been dropped off at the Clínica Solón Núñez in Hatillo. That happened about 9:45 a.m. Saturday, and there was no explanation of what happened to the injured man.
Judicial agents detained a 32-year-old woman in Manuel Antonio after a 32-year-old man suffered knife wounds in a dispute. The man who has the last name of Ramírez, was injured about 5 a.m. near a local hotel, said agents. The man was treated at a local clinic and then taken to Hospital Monseñor Sanabria in Puntarenas.
In Boca Vieja, Quepos, a 21-year-old man with the last name of Durán suffered a knife wound in a personal dispute, said agents. He was stabbed in the back.