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Murder of Shannon Martin by Luis Alberto Castro and Kattia Cruz investigated on ID

Family pic of Shannon Martin
Shannon Martin was just 23 years old when she was killed by Kattia Cruz and Luis Alberto Castro. Pic credit: Family pic

Dead Days of Summer on ID is investigating the murder of Kansas student Shannon Martin, who was stabbed to death by Luis Alberto Castro and Kattia Cruz while she was staying in Costa Rica.

Martin was a 23-year-old University of Kansas student from Topeka, KS, and in 2001, she was spending time in the town of Golfito, Costa Rica, where she was working to gather specimens for a biology project.

On May 13, 2001, Martin had gone out for a fun night at a bar, but sadly, she never made it home. The student’s body was later found next to an airstrip near her host family’s home.

She had been robbed and stabbed 14 times. It’s also suspected that the killer attempted to rape her.

The outcome of this case was hugely influenced by the victim’s mother, Jeanette Stauffer, who is credited with hounding local and American authorities and forcing them to act.

Stauffer found the FBI reluctant to help but was greatly aided by Kansas Bureau of Investigation Assistant Director Larry Thomas, whose children went to the same high school as Martin.


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