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For Immediate Release, June 12, 2013
(Costa Rica) PorJairoMoraSandoval@gmail.com
(U.S.) Todd Steiner, (415) 488-7652, TSteiner@TIRN.net
(Por favor email a TSteiner@TIRN.net para recibir el aviso en español.)
Jaclyn Lopez, (727) 490-9190, firstname.lastname@example.org
LIMÓN, Costa Rica— Conservation organizations and concerned individuals from around the world last week announced a reward fund for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those who murdered Jairo Mora Sandoval, a Costa Rican sea turtle biologist. In the past week several additional pledges, including a reward established by Captain Paul Watson, founder of the Sea Shepherd Society, have brought the new reward amount to $56,000.
The groups announced today that a memorial fund has been established. The Jairo Mora Sandoval Memorial Fund will help provide immediate assistance to Jairo’s family and carry out conservation projects for sea turtles in Costa Rica in his name. The memorial fund currently has $7,000.
Jairo was a 26-year-old sea turtle biologist working to protect nesting sea turtles from poaching and other threats on Costa Rica’s Caribbean coast near Limón. He was kidnapped, tortured and brutally murdered by armed criminals on May 30. Four women — three Americans and a Spaniard — were also kidnapped but escaped unharmed.
“Jairo Mora Sandoval was a most dedicated and brave young biologist,” said Todd Steiner, a wildlife biologist and executive director of SeaTurtles.org. “There can be no higher priority than protecting those who dedicate their lives to protecting others; we call on the government of Costa Rica to redouble its efforts to find Jairo’s killers.”
“The global outpouring of support to demand justice for Jairo and his family has been inspiring,” said Jaclyn Lopez, an attorney with the Center for Biological Diversity. “We will not give up this fight until Jairo’s killers have been convicted and the beaches are safe for sea turtles and people alike.”
Jairo was on sea turtle patrol with four foreign volunteers when he was ambushed by at least five masked men. The four women were also abducted in the attack, but survived. Jairo was bound, badly beaten and murdered. He had worked as a beach monitor for the Wider Caribbean Sea Turtle Conservation Network, which has seen an increase in sea turtle poaching.
Contact PorJairoMoraSandoval@gmail.com with information on the crime.
The Jairo Mora Sandoval Reward Fund is growing and is currently being supported by the following organizations:
Turtle Island Restoration Network
Center for Biological Diversity
Wider Caribbean Sea Turtle Conservation Network
Sea Turtle Conservancy
Humane Society International
The Leatherback Trust
Groups wishing to contribute to the fund, contact Todd Steiner at email@example.com or (415) 663 8590 x 103. Individuals wishing to contribute to the memorial fund or the reward fund, click here. People can also sign a petition demanding justice, please share this petition widely.
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