Cristian Hernández, a cameraman for Channel 14 News, was stabbed to death early Saturday morning in front of a nightclub in Ciudad Quesada, in north-central Costa Rica, according to the daily La Nación.
Hernández, 30, suffered several stab wounds to his chest, stomach, back and both arms, the daily reported. He was taken to a nearby hospital, where he died at 10 a.m. Saturday after undergoing an emergency surgery.
Friends and family members suspect Hernández, who successfully underwent drug rehabilitation last year, was killed by drug dealers he could have captured on film while working.
“His death shows that there are evil people who do not allow someone to search for a better life,” Channel 14 news director Karla Herrera told La Nación, adding that “resentment, envy and threats” could have motivated those who stabbed Hernández..
Judicial Investigation Police (OIJ) have arrested one person identified by the last name Guzmán suspected of being involved in the killing.