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International News: Popular Costa Rican football player killed by crocodile

Posted: Tuesday, August 8, 2023. 10:58 am CST.

By Zoila Palma Gonzalez:  On July 29, 2023, a crocodile attacked and killed Costa Rican football player, Jesus Lopez Ortiz.

According to CNN, Lopez Ortiz jumped into the Cañas River in Guanacaste.

Reports say he wanted to cool off.

Shortly after that, those nearby noticed that Lopez Ortiz did not come out of the water.

They ran desperately for help and minutes after, they noticed a body was clenched in the crocodile’s jaws.

The National System of Conservation Areas (SINAC) said that the crocodile was later shot so that authorities could recover the body of the young man.

And while, his team urged onlookers not to post videos of the incident, those videos went viral on social media.

Lopez Ortiz’s mother gave thanks for all the support and the emotional and economic help she has received since her son’s passing.

Meanwhile, residents called on authorities to ensure that there isn’t an overpopulation of crocodiles in the river, “for young people, for children, even for adults.”


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