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Costa Rican Cops Nab Suspect in Murder of 5

SAN JOSE – The suspect in last month’s gruesome murder of five college students in the northern Costa Rican city of Liberia was detained on Friday, a spokesman for the OIJ investigative agency told EFE.

The suspect was identified as a 33-year-old man with the surname Rios Mairena, a neighbor of the victims and a relative of the owners of the home where the students were lodging.

Rios Mairena, who has a police record for drug trafficking, left fingerprints and DNA traces at the scene where five students were found dead with their throats slit, the OIJ said.

A sixth person was badly injured in the attack.

Investigators believe that the suspect entered the house through a side door and that he was under the influence of a potent hallucinogen when he carried out the massacre.

The attack began before midnight on Jan. 18.

Killed were Joseph Briones, 22; Dayana Martinez Romero, 24; Stephanie Hernandez Garcia, 25; Ariel Vargas Condega, 24; and Angie Serrano Mendoza, 24, all of them students attending public universities.

 

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