First investigators have to determine if a fire in a vacant lot Sunday morning was set with criminal motives. Was the blaze an accident or murder?
A short time later a 40-year-old man with the last name of Mora showed up at Hospital San Juan de Dios.
Physicians concluded that he was burned over 80 percent of his body, said the Judicial Investigating Organization.
Mora died Monday. Investigators said that Mora, a habitué of a section of Alajuelita, was sleeping in the lot when the fire broke out. Eventually he managed to flee but not before facing flames.
Aggression against the homeless and the vagrants in the Central Valley takes place from time to time, but the cases seldom make the newspapers.
Unlike elsewhere, there does not seem to be individuals systematically trying to inflict harm on vagrants.
Plenty of vacant lots harbor rough construction that houses the homeless. The sites are well known to social service workers and police. Investigators will have to figure out if the person who started the Alajuelita fire knew Mora was there.