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Triple Homicide Baffles Authorities

A mysterious triple homicide in which three people died from their stab wounds after a Monday afternoon knife fight in a condo in the western suburb of Escazú has authorities scratching their heads.

“It’s a very, very strange case,” said Judicial Investigation Police (OIJ) spokesman Francisco Ruiz.

The owner of the home, U.S. businessman Albin Arévalo, was found in the garage naked near the shirtless body of a Costa Rican man identified as Kenneth Rodríguez.

Both men had multiple knife wounds and were taken to area hospitals. A young Colombian woman, identified as Viviana Hernández, was found stabbed to death at the scene, according to Escazú police chief Marco Barrera. Two bloody kitchen knives were also found in the garage of the Calahonda condominium in Trejos Montealegre de Escazú.

Rodríguez and Hernández had a four-year-old daughter, the daily Al Día reported.

Police responded Monday around 5 p.m. when they received a 911 call from someone outside the house. Hernández died at the scene, while Rodríguez died of his wounds in MéxicoHospital and Arévalo in San Juan de Dios Hospital.

The OIJ found alcohol, marijuana and used condoms in the apartment, according to Ruiz.

Barrera said the case is complicated, since all involved are dead. “There are no witnesses, no one to charge,” he said. There were about 30 stab wounds between the three of them.


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