Young Hero, Jairo, Murdered Because He Protected God’s Creatures

posted by John J. Jr. @ 18:01 PM
August 5, 2013

Jairo-Mora-Sandoval    We are all shocked and sadden at the news of the murder of our brother Jairo Mora Sandoval, who working with the Wider Caribbean Sea Turtle Conservation Network, was murdered because he protected sea turtle eggs that poachers wanted!

The 26-year-old conservationist had dedicated his life to protect endangered sea turtles and their nests of eggs from poachers and drug smugglers who wanted ‘ownership’ of the stretch of beach near Limon, Costa Rica, Jairo patrolled.

Although first kidnapped with three women in the Limon conservation party, the women escaped, but Sandoval was found beaten to death with his mouth stuffed with sand, as a warning that conservationists should keep their mouths shut.

Didiher Chacón, the coordinator for the Wider Caribbean Sea Turtle Conservation Network says:  “With everything we know about what happened, it seems like it was an act of revenge Jairo didn’t drink. He didn’t smoke. He wasn’t involved in those kinds of things. We think it must have had to do with his work.”

Jairo had emailed friends:  “Can you send messages to the police so they come to Moin Beach. Don’t be afraid, but just come armed. 60 turtles lost, not a single nest. We need help fast.” He also spoke to newspapers about turtle poaching.

Ashamedly, Costa Rican police and coast guards have for years been absent from beaches during turtle egg laying Leatherback-Sea-Turtle-Trinidad-Costa-Rica-Rod-Mastseason. They must know that addicts sell these eggs to restaurants as aphrodisiacs for $ 1.00 each.  They also know drug smugglers do not want people on beaches interfering with drug operations.

Extremely upset over Jairo death, another conservationist hero, Captain Paul Watson of Sea Shepherd, told Lindsay Fendt of The Tico Times:  “If drug traffickers are landing on Costa Rican beaches why did the government remove the Coast Guard patrols of these beaches?

“If Columbian and Panamanian drug runners are running drugs onto these beaches, why are there not police there to intercept them? If turtle eggs are being served in restaurants on the Caribbean coast, why has the government not stepped in to stop this trade? If a tourist can see turtle eggs on a menu why can’t the police see the same thing?”

Jack Berry, writing for says:  “For years, volunteers in Costa Rica have battled against poachers to protect the endangered leatherback, green, and hawksbill turtle species as they move onto the country’s beaches to lay their eggs. And despite beatings, robberies, and threats at gunpoint, the conservationists protecting the dwindling turtle population have struggled on.’

Todd Steiner, executive director of the Turtle Island Restoration Network, said in an e-mail message that his group and others are setting up a fund for a reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of Sandoval’s killers.

As young people at we thank God that time is almost over, that Jairo’s killers will soon be judged on earth and for all eternity.  Everyday we wear on our plus size Christian t-shirts Apostle John’s closing prayer:  “Surely I come quickly. Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus (Revelation 22: 20).”

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