Murders counter lawmaker’s criticism

Wednesday probably was not a good time for legislator Óscar López to call the women’s institute the national institute of lesbians. The lawmaker did that on the floor of the Asamblea Legislativa during the afternoon session.

A few hours later two women died at the hands of their companions in Guanacaste.  Naturally the political roof fell in on López of the Partido Sin Exclusión. The lawmaker was calling for the firing of the director of the Instituto Nacional de las Mujeres because of what he said was a bias toward women.

He cited some examples of the institute failing to come to the defense of men who have been victimized by women. López clearly lost any sympathy when the two murders took place, and he was facing criticism from politicians of all stripes.

The institute is known for pressing for protection of women when they are victimized.

One victim Wednesday night was Keylin Zapata Munguía. She died about 8 p.m. in  Villa Real de Tamarindo when she was stabbed in the chest by a man it appeared she knew. The killing took place in front of a supermarket. Two judicial agents who work with victims were on the way to consult with the woman’s family Thursday when they happened to see the prime suspect walking along a street in Tamarindo.

The agents made the arrest, and the Poder Judicial identified the man by the last name of  Chavarría.  He was identified as the woman’s boyfriend.

The second victim was a 39-year-old woman with the last name of  Avendaño. She was shot about 10 p.m. in  Carrillo de Belén in Guanacaste. A 48-year-old man, identified as her companion surrendered to police a few hours later. Hehas the last names of  Rodríguez Rodríguez.

A man with the last name of Chavarría is in custody facing the allegation that he killed his companion in Tamarindo.

A man with the last name of Chavarría is in custody facing the allegation that he killed his companion in Tamarindo.

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