At least 10 persons died by knife or firearm from Friday until Sunday, according to Judicial Investigators. Among the total are three persons found in a common grave in Rancho Redondo de Goicoechea.
The murders at Rancho Redondo must have happened in the last few days because police were alerted by two persons who found bullet cartridges and blood at the rural location Saturday.
Agents and their forensic science team waited until daytime Sunday to excavate a presumed grave. The manner of deaths and identities still are being determined, the Judicial Investigating Organization said Sunday.
Passers-by found one victim in Agua Azul in la Fortuna de San Carlos about 10 p.m. Saturday. The man, identified by the last name of Salazar was dying in the street, and those who found him thought he was the victim of a robbery.
When agents arrived, they located his vehicle in some bushes nearby, lending mystery to what may have happened.
In an Escazú case relatives found a 38-year-old man with the last name of Bustos dead at the entrance to his home Sunday morning. Death was by stabbing, said agents.
A 60-year-old man with the last name of Madriz died Sunday morning in Guadalupe de Cartago after he was stuck with a bullet. Agents said he lived with others in a concrete structure and that his killer showed up about 6:35 a.m. and shot him.
A 60-year-old man with the last name of Chaves died early Sunday in Hospital San Juan de Dios after having been shot in Hatillo 8 in southern San José.
A bar fight with firearms is being considered the cause of a killing in Santa María de Río Jiménez about 5 a.m. Saturday. The 24-year-old victim was identified by the last name of Juárez. A second man suffered bullet wounds.
Residents of Calle Cochea in Alajuelita called police when they heard shots about 8:15 p.m. Friday and then found a man wounded by two bullets outside. He was identified by the last name of Marín and was 23 years old. He died later at Hospital San Juan de Dios.
Fuerza Pública officers detained one man after a dispute over a woman in Ticaban in Guápiles Friday night. Killed by a knife in the confrontation was a 60-year-old man with the last name of Alvarado, said agents.
Agents said that the victim was on a motorcycle with a woman when they encountered the suspect and the dispute began.