Israeli man murdered in Costa Rica

One report says Ashkelon man killed in robbery, another account states he died in fight with locals.

Itai Shechter Elias 248.88 (photo credit: Courtesy)
Itai Shechter Elias 248.88
(photo credit: Courtesy)
A 26-year-old man from Ashkelon has been murdered in Jaco, Costa Rica, the Foreign Ministry announced Monday. According to one report, the man, Itai Shechter Elias, was shot to death after a group of robbers broke into the hotel where he was staying with his brother. Citing an eyewitness account by the brother, Elias's family in Ashkelon said that the robbers broke into the hotel, and when Itai asked them to return his passport which they had taken, the bandits shot him in the head and fled the scene. However, according to another report, Elias was killed in a fight with locals. The two brothers had been traveling in the Central American country after serving as officers in the IDF. The Foreign Ministry said that the Israeli Embassy in San Jose was making arrangements to fly Elias's body back to Israel. The incident marks the second Israeli murdered in Costa Rica this year. In February, Israeli businessman Arno (Pfeifer) Zayit, who owned a restaurant in the village of Hermosa on the Pacific coast, was shot to death in an apparent gangland hit.