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Who is Julio Otero Fernandez? Wikipedia, Biography, Age, Beheaded By Crocodile

Julio Otero Fernandez Wikipedia – Julio Otero Fernandez Biography

Julio Otero Fernández, a Costa Rican boy, was attacked and mauled to death by a massive crocodile in front of his horrified family while playing in a river near his home in Costa Rica.

The young victim, Fernández, was decapitated by the reptile before being dragged to the depths of Matina River in the city of Limón on Oct. 30, never to be seen alive again.

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He was 8 years old.

A Boy Beheaded By Crocodile In Front of Parents

During a fishing trip, the 8-year-old was killed while spending time with his parents, four siblings, and other relatives.

At around 2 p.m. on Oct. 30, Julio was standing in knee-deep water in the river when the enormous crocodile lunged at him.

“It shook him (the child) and ripped off his little head,” an eyewitness described the brutal attack. “Then it grabbed him again and dragged him under.”

Julio’s parents, Don Julio Otero and Margini Fernández Flores, helplessly looked on as the reptile was savaging their son.

“The hardest thing for my wife was seeing the crocodile float away with my son’s body,” Otero said.

The dad said the scaly predator resurfaced more than an hour later, still holding his child’s body in its jaws. He said that police officer who had responded to the scene refused to shoot the animal, saying they did not have the “authority” to open fire, reported the Spanish-language news outlet La Nacion.

“For my part, I feel abandoned by the authorities,” Otero said. “An animal is worth more than a human being; that’s what I’ve felt.”

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The couple had relocated their family to Costa Rica from their native Nicaragua four years ago to work on a banana plantation.

The parents are planning to move back home with their four surviving kids, between the ages of 3 and 16, to keep them safe from crocodiles and protected animals in Costa Rica.

“I will not stay here because they protect these animals, and they can leave the river to attack more people,” said Flores, Julio’s mom.

It is unknown at this time who killed the crocodile over the weekend. The hunter fled the scene after shooting the reptile, a crime in the Caribbean.

Julio’s mother confirmed the discovery of hair and bones inside the dead crocodile’s carcass.

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