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Wednesday May 8, 2013

American Tourist In Costa Rica Dies After Attack

American Tourist In Costa Rica Dies After Attack

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The family of 31-year-old Steven Adamn Flesch is mourning their loved one after he passed on Tuesday.

Flesch, an experienced backpacker, was robbed and beaten in San Jose in March shortly after arriving in the city in order to catch a flight home. He had been touring Costa Rica with a group since January, and only broke off from the group to head home to Wisconsin.

Before catching his flight however, five attackers tried to rob Flesch and hit him in the back of the head when he attempted to run away.

His attackers, three juveniles and two 19-year-olds, have all been arrested.

Before he was attacked in March, Flesch sent a Facebook message to his mother saying, “See you in 40 hours.”

Adding insult to injury, according to the family, when they lost contact with Flesch they tried to get help from the U.S. Embassy in San Jose, but were often given no information. Flesch’s family says they learned the hospital where he was taken was communicating with the embassy, but that the embassy was not communicating with the family.

Prior to his death, the victim’s sister, Nikki Lannert, spoke with Inside Costa Rica, saying, ‘They [the Embassy] didn’t even look for him, friends that were traveling with him that we found on Facebook helped us to locate him.’

However, even after finding out where her brother was being treated, Lannert says the family was hit with the news that they would not allow him to be transferred to a U.S. hospital until the hospital was paid.

Lannert said her brother had experienced a number of infections while at the San Juan de Dios hospital and the family was desperately trying to raise the money needed to bring him to a hospital in the U.S.

Sadly, before the family was able to bring him back to them, Flesch died. They are still attempting to raise money, but now it is to bring him body home.

Donations for the family can be made here.