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Bruce McCallum, Toronto Teacher killed in Costa Rica
Bruce McCallum, Toronto Teacher killed in Costa Rica

Bruce McCallum, Toronto Teacher killed in Costa Rica

A Toronto teacher has been killed in what is believed to have been a violent robbery in Costa Rica.

Bruce McCallum, 58, who worked at Albert Campbell Collegiate Institute, near Finch Avenue East and McCowan Road, was fatally stabbed on Sunday, March 5 in what appears to be a botched robbery attempt, according to that country’s Judicial Investigation Police.

At the time of his death, McCallum was reportedly snapping photos of a sunrise in the town of Puerto Viejo. When his body was found around 4:30 a.m., his camera and other belongings were gone.

McCallum had been travelling in Costa Rica with a group of tourists since Feb. 19.

Investigators said they have video footage of two teens confronting the educator.

In a letter sent home to parents, Albert Campbell principal Carol Richards-Sauer wrote McCallum taught math last year and was on a scheduled leave of absence.

He was a “positive role model” with an inspiring energy and work ethic, she wrote.

“Bruce will be sorely missed,” she added. Counselling has been offered to students and staff, and a memorial is being planned.

Police have made no arrests.

Agencies/Canadajournal




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