US citizen brutally murdered in Costa Rica: police

SAN JOSE, February 10, 2014 (AFP) – A 64-year-old American was killed by assailants in Costa Rica who dragged him out of his vehicle and cut his throat, the police said Monday.

Kurt Hergis, who had been living in Costa Rica for eight months, was intercepted by four men Sunday night as he was returning to his home in San Carlos, a woman accompanying him told police.

His companion, who was identified by policy only by her first name Martha, said the men pulled Hergis out of his pick-up truck, hit him in the head, stabbed him and cut his throat.

She said she survived by begging for her life, police said.

The motive for the crime was not immediately known.

The local press said the assailants were driving a luxury vehicle in an area frequented by drug traffickers.

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  • roberto

    The correct spelling is: Kurt Heigis

  • Douglas Hotchkiss

    why so many americans like their guns.

    • McDemon

      They are a far cry better than the “justice system” here. No more being arrested for the 35th time for assault or robbery and being released with a slap on the wrist, just a shiny piece of hot lead at high velocity and the parasitic problem goes away.

      • Douglas Hotchkiss

        it’s not complicated is it?

  • disgusted

    If this was a random murder I assume was for his luxury car! Or is there a back story of revenge?? Another reason to arm and protect yourself. I hope ICR can shed some light on this in the next issue. This gives cause for all of us Tico’s and Gringo’s alike. So sad!

  • K Schnelle

    hey “disgusted,” one minor detail you got backwards: the assailants (attackers) were the one in the luxury vehicle. not the victim being attacked and killed. duh.

    • disgusted

      Thanks for the correction.

  • Douglas Hotchkiss

    i live in phoenix alot where you can carry a weapon as you please , drug dealers that try to set up in the park cross the way get shot all the while, no problems with the law, here they use the bars and barb wire to make tent cities and they work on a chain gang.

  • http://insidecostarica.com/ Timothy Williams

    Just FYI, we are working this story now and there will indeed be several follow ups. This was just the lead. Always best to not jump to conclusions. – Tim Williams, Editor

    • roberto

      Whatever happened to the “follow-up” on the
      article about CR being #4 in exports in the world?

      Costa Rica leads Latin America in high-tech exports and is fourth in the world. Growth in the export of medical
      devices has led Costa Rica to the top spot in Latin America – and fourth in the
      world – in the export of industrial…January 27th.

      • Yeims

        Costa Rica, the happiest country on this planet and also number 4 in the whole world for exporting . . . dig this, high tech medical equipment! This is even more astonishing if you google “average IQ by country”.

    • Joanna

      Thank you, I look forward to seeing what is revealed

      • http://insidecostarica.com/ Timothy Williams

        ICR – and I’m certain all of our readers – share our sincerest condolences.

  • Old Nam Warrior

    Have Gun Will Travel

    • Douglas Hotchkiss

      wire Paladin – usa.

  • Joanna

    this was my father… I would like to hear the the updates

    • disgusted

      Joanna, My sincerest condolences on your loss.

      • Joanna

        Thank you

    • Douglas Hotchkiss

      you have my sympathy vio con dios.

  • disqus_r8w0IwvvLw

    Was Kurt a usa DEA agent? What info did the murderers have on his poor guy? Condolences to the family but the question is truly what was Kurt doing in CR? I have met soooo many special agents here and ex-military working for private security companies who are working out of CR. Will the truth be revealed?