The boy and three others left their rooms after curfew Wednesday night and went to another section of the hotel to visit some friends, according to Marisel Rodriguez, spokeswoman for the Judicial Investigation Organization (OIJ), which investigates crime in Costa Rica.Is it so hard to stay in your hotel room?
Around 4 a.m. on Thursday, the boys attempted to go back to their rooms, cutting across a wooded area of the hotel grounds, she said.
The security guard saw them, apparently mistook them for robbers and fired his weapon, said Rodriguez.
The 16-year-old was shot in the chest and died. He was identified by the McLouth, Kansas, school district as Justin Johnston.
Johnston was on a nine-day trip in Costa Rica with this school's Spanish club when he was killed, the school district said. No other students were injured.
Saturday, June 04, 2011
...or risk getting shot.