Costa Rican paper alleges Canadian was victim of a hit
Brad Deering (Facebook photo)
A Costa Rican newspaper says a Canadian man who was killed in that country last week was the victim of a targeted attack.
The Costa Rican Times says Brad Deering, a 42-year-old native of Vancouver, B.C. and a Costa Rican resident, was killed Thursday by three gunmen who police believe were attempting to rob his home in a gated community in San Jose.
The paper says the three men arrived at the home dressed as private security officers, entered the property and tied up a security guard. Deering and three other people inside the home were also attacked and tied up, and police said Deering was shot three times while trying to escape.
"This looks like a hit to me," the reporter who wrote the story said. "This was done in broad daylight. They had a mission, go in, kill Deering, and then get out."
Private investigator Douglas Smith told CTV British Columbia it appears as if Deering was attempting to escape when he was shot, adding that he may have been the victim of a targeted attack.
“He lived a very extravagant lifestyle,” Smith said. “Three high end cars, all the toys that any nice, wealthy 42-year-old man would want."
The Times says a source told them that “Deering had money and was not low key about it."
In a post that appears below the story, a man who identifies himself as 'Tom' wrote: "For many of us who knew Brad, we all pretty much knew he made a living on the shady side of the street. He was a nice enough guy, but you would never invest or get involved with anything he was doing. From online pharmacies that never shipped medicine, to gold futures scams, he had no shortage of ex-partners/investors turned enemies. This was not the first brush with ‘investors’ he had. On several other occasions, his home became the scene of violence when former associates came to settle accounts."
Since January 2011, two Canadians have been murdered in Costa Rica and one Canadian has gone missing.