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A Dark Dawn: Costa Rica and Los Angeles Grapple with Rising Violence

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Israel Ojoko
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A Dark Dawn: Costa Rica and Los Angeles Grapple with Rising Violence

In the early hours of Sunday, Costa Rica witnessed two separate homicides, occurring within a mere span of three hours.

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The first of these incidents occurred at 3:17 a.m. in San Josesito de Alajuelita, San José, where a man was fatally shot in the head. The second incident unfolded at 6:19 a.m. in Residencial Villas Marcel in Belén de Carrillo, Guanacaste, where the victim was brutally stabbed, sustaining wounds to the neck and thorax.

The Rising Tide of Violence

With these two homicides, the count of intentional homicides in Costa Rica for the year has reached 843. The provinces of Limón, San José, and Puntarenas are the ones reporting the highest number of violent deaths. This surge in violent crime is a cause for increasing public safety concerns across the nation.

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Between January and September 2023, Costa Rica has seen an unprecedented crisis of citizen insecurity.

The murder of 71 Nicaraguans has sparked fear among the Nicaraguan migrant population, who make up approximately 10% of Costa Rica's total population. These individuals, living in vulnerable and high-risk areas, are exposed to the violence of drug trafficking.

Violence in Los Angeles

Meanwhile, thousands of miles north in Los Angeles, a man has been arrested in connection with the recent killings of three homeless men.

The suspect, identified as Jerrid Joseph Powell, was apprehended after authorities linked a firearm found in his vehicle to the shootings. Powell, a resident of Los Angeles, is also linked to a fatal shooting that occurred during a robbery in San Dimas, approximately 28 miles east of Los Angeles.

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