"Sea Turtle Conservationist Murdered in Costa Rica"

"LIMÓN, Costa Rica -- Costa Rican environmentalist Jairo Mora Sandoval was murdered on May 30, while attempting to protect leatherback turtle nests on Moín Beach, on Costa Rica’s northern Caribbean coast. He was 26."

"Sea turtles are protected by law in Costa Rica, but poaching is common. The eggs are believed to be an aphrodisiac and are traded on the black market, a trade that has been linked to drug trafficking and violence.

According to media reports, Mora was patrolling for poachers with four foreign volunteers, when he was ambushed by at least five masked men."

Environment News Service had the story June 5, 2013.

Source: ENS, 06/06/2013