Burial was Monday for slain wife of U.S. expat

The Costa Rican wife of a U. S. expat was buried Monday after being fatally stabbed last week in the parking lot of a dental clinic in Curridabat.

The woman, Marlin Corrales Alfaro, 38, and husband Mike Lomax had been married since 2001. She is also survived by the couple’s two sons, 12-year-old Isaac and 8-year-old Mikey, and her two sisters.

Ms. Corrales was a nurse who finished at the top of her graduating class from Universidad Autónoma de Centro América. She recently earned a nurse practitioner degree, according to Lomax.

She was also an administrator at their dental laboratory, Reliable Arts Dental Lab in Curridabat. The lab is associated with the Costa Rica Dental Clinic.

Ms. Corrales and her niece were attacked near the dental clinic Thursday. Her niece was able to take the knife out of the assailant’s hand and stab him in the groin, but not after suffering serious wounds to her neck and hand. The niece was taken to Hospital Calderón Guardia, though Lomax said he transferred her to Hospital CIMA where she underwent a successful, seven-hour surgery on her hand.

Police have detained the office’s security guard who was found at the crime scene and is believed to be the primary suspect.

Family members held a funeral for Ms. Corrales Monday and buried her at the Cementerio Montesacro in Curridabat.

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