The government of Canada is warning travellers to be extra cautious when visiting Costa Rica after a Vancouver father who was living in San Jose was murdered in that country this week.
Canadian Foreign Affairs confirmed to Global News that Canadian consular officials are in contact with local authorities in Costa Rica to gather information on the death of Brad Deering.
Following Deering’s death, Canada issued a travel advisory to Costa Rica on their website.
“There is no nationwide advisory for Costa Rica. However, you should exercise a high degree of caution and be vigilant at all times due to increasing levels of violent crime,” the post reads.
According to reports, gunmen disguised as security guards broke into Deering’s home in an upscale gated community near San Jose.
Forty-two-year-old Deering, two other men and a woman were tied up and police said he was shot three times in the head while trying to escape.
According to local reports, police said the murder was a result of a burglary, but other reports suggest Deering was targeted.
Online forums have also popped up claiming Deering was gunned down in a targeted hit.