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Local Youth Killed For Motorcycle –
Injustice Continues for Family of Murdered Nosareño
By Ashley Steayert

Some 15 teary-eyed family members join together to tell the story of their beloved son, grandson, brother, husband, cousin, nephew and father – Adrian Ruiz Chavarría. In the words of his grandfather Gregorio “he was a family man…for us he was the best grandson we had”.

On the night of his death, 27 year old Adrian went out dancing at the Nosara Fiestas with his wife of 8 years, Ana Gabriella, and their 5-year-old daughter, after which he dropped his family off at their home in the San Pedro neighborhood of Nosara. He then drove to Super Nosara to switch vehicles, dropping off the car and heading home alone on his motorcycle. It was on his way back home that he had a confrontation with the homicide suspect Carlos Villarreal Sanabria in front of Bar Bambú.

According to Nosara Police Officer Carlos Matarrita, Adrian died as a result of a stab “wound to the chest from a 20 cm knife at approximately 2:30am on Sunday April 18th”. Apparently the confrontation was the result of a dispute between the two men regarding a motorcycle. Adrian’s family tells VON that Adrian and Carlos were friends, and that the incident only occurred because the accused had been drinking.

In the opinion of Adrian’s mother Marielos, “they left [Adrian] to die”. She claims that her son was alive for nearly an hour after he was stabbed, begging for help in front of the Red Cross building before he bled to death on the street. Officer Matarrita confirms that Sanabria was arrested, but could not comment on his present whereabouts.

Concluding the interview with the Chavarría Family, Adrian’s aunt Elvira made a heartfelt statement asking “that justice be done”. She says “nobody in the world deserves for their life to be taken” and asks that the “law do what it has to do” to hold the accused responsible for his actions.

As if the grief and suffering caused by the death of their beloved Adrian wasn’t enough, the family continues to be haunted by outrageously false media coverage by national newspapers. One family member presented me with a copy of an article published by the La Extra headlining “HE WAS KILLED FOR DEFENDING HIS SISTER”. Adrian never had a sister. The family also told VON that another national newspaper, La Teja, printed an article identifying Adrian’s brother (who was not present at the scene of the crime) as the victim. The family was not contacted by either of the above-mentioned newspapers.
Reflecting on the night Adrian died, the entire Chavarría family agrees that “it would have been possible to save him [had he received medical attention], there’s no doubt about that”.


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VON: Why is the company MECO moving so slowly in its maintenance work of the Samara-Nosara route?
Castro: Last year we had problems with funding because of the way in which the contract (with MECO) was granted. We were paying for the specific project, and, because of the financial arrangements, things were getting more expensive. More >

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