The community of Samara is mourning the death of the owner of the Iguana Verde supermarket, Nelson Lobo Arias, who was well-respected for his support of activities for the benefit of the community.
Lobo, who was 36 years old, died on the night of Monday, October 20, after falling on his back from a ladder, having tried to cut down some coconuts.
“He was a young person and was in very good health. He climbed up to cut down some coconuts and we don’t know if he misplaced his foot or if the ladder slipped or what, but he fell completely backwards and hit his head,” explained Marvin Porras, a friend of the deceased who is now in charge of the supermarket.
According to the Red Cross office in Hojancha, Lobo was taken to La Anexion Hospital on the afternoon of Sunday, October 19 in delicate condition. Later, on Monday, he was taken to the Liberia Hospital.
The Voice of Guanacaste attempted to find the official Liberia hospital report on Lobo’s death, but was unable to do so.
Lobo was the father of a five year-old child, and his wife, Shirley Segura, is two months pregnant.
Sadness in the Community
Lobo’s death has affected many Samarans due to his communal commitment and solidarity with his neighbors.
According to Johana Waite, a member of the non-profit foundation CREAR, Lobo was always willing to help with events for the benefit of education.
“We were always asking for his support for CREAR’s events, and he always helped. Sometimes we went to buy things [from his store] without money, and we told him we would pay later, and he always cooperated. He was an absolutely friendly person; he was always in a good mood,” said Waite.
For his part, Porras said that as a boss Lobo had good relationships with his employees.
“He was always very respectful to everyone in the supermarket. He was a great person in every aspect and was wonderful with his family. He was a person who liked sports and had a lot of influence in the community,” said Porras.
Lobo’s burial took place on Wednesday morning, leaving the community saddened by the loss of a loved one.
On Iguana Verde’s Facebook page, some have expressed their pain and sympathy for the family.
“We are so saddened by what happened. All our thoughts are for Shirely. May she find the strength to continue. With all our heart,” wrote Marianne Salesse on the social network.
This Thursday, October 23, the supermarket will re-open on its usual schedule, open from Sunday to Thursday from 6:50 a.m. until 9 p.m. and Fridays and Saturdays from 6:50 a.m. until 10 p.m.