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    Guard faces charges in case of U.S. student killed in Costa Rica

    (CNN) -- The security guard suspected of killing a 16-year-old American student in Costa Rica has been charged with simple homicide, authorities said Friday.

    The suspected gunman worked as a guard at the hotel where the boy was staying in La Fortuna, a popular tourist spot famous for the Arenal volcano.

    The boy and three others left their rooms after curfew Wednesday night and went to another section of the hotel to visit some friends, according to Marisel Rodriguez, spokeswoman for the Judicial Investigation Organization (OIJ), which investigates crime in Costa Rica.

    Around 4 a.m. on Thursday, the boys attempted to go back to their rooms, cutting across a wooded area of the hotel grounds, she said.

    The security guard saw them, apparently mistook them for robbers and fired his weapon, said Rodriguez.

    The 16-year-old was shot in the chest and died. He was identified by the McLouth, Kansas, school district as Justin Johnston.

    Johnston was on a nine-day trip in Costa Rica with this school's Spanish club when he was killed, the school district said. No other students were injured.

    Family and friends of the boy gathered for a prayer service at a church across the street from his school.

    "It's heartbreaking," Zack Willard told CNN Kansas City affiliate KCTV.

    "You don't really know what to think right now being told this. He's one of my good friends. He was a very good kid. He always did good. He loved sports. He was just an all-around good kid," Willard said.

    Simple homicide in Costa Rica is the equivalent of manslaughter in the United States. The guard did not have a permit to carry his gun, as required by national law, said Rodriguez. He will be incarcerated until his trial, she said.
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    Why was a hotel security gaurd (I'm technically one) armed without a ****ing permit?

    I want hotel management to answer for this as well. Why in gods name did they allow this guy to be armed?

    I know Costa Ricas probably not all roses and sunshine, I don't know much about its crime predicament...

    I feel bad in a way, kids just doing an innocent thing and getting shot up...

    This is a tough one.

    But again, the management should be indicted here, who let this guy carry a gun around the hotel without a permit?
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    Re: Guard faces charges in case of U.S. student killed in Costa Rica

    Quote Originally Posted by Jetboogieman View Post
    Guard faces charges in case of U.S. student killed in Costa Rica - CNN.com

    Why was a hotel security gaurd (I'm technically one) armed without a ****ing permit?

    I want hotel management to answer for this as well. Why in gods name did they allow this guy to be armed?

    I know Costa Ricas probably not all roses and sunshine, I don't know much about its crime predicament...

    I feel bad in a way, kids just doing an innocent thing and getting shot up...

    This is a tough one.

    But again, the management should be indicted here, who let this guy carry a gun around the hotel without a permit?

    I knew an American ex-Pat that lives in Costa Rica. I had some discussions with him about the place.

    While he called CR the "gem of South America", he also noted that there was not a lot of respect for the law per se, and that there was an enormous amount of petty theft, bribery of public officials, etc.
    A lot of people ignore the permit law and carry anyway, he said. The law isn't strictly enforced. There hotel may not have known the guard was carrying, if he was carrying concealed on his own initiative.

    That having been said, his action certainly seemed precipitous, ill-considered, hasty and in all other ways a Very Bad Call. It's a shame this happened, but I don't know that we really need to look any further for blame than Mr. Dumbass who did the shooting himself.

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