I’ve been debating whether to put this on the blog, considering the incredibly sad nature of this, but I thought I would go ahead and do it to honor the deceased. Jean Richard Louis Charles, a Haitian journalist who worked for Radio Kiskeya, was shot and killed after leaving a bank just blocks from the Presidential Palace yesterday. It was a loss for the Haitian press corp, who when they heard the news were shocked to hear that one of their own had fallen victim to such a horrible crime. “This sudden and tragic death of such a young and promising individual as Jean Louis Charles Richard is a real disaster for the station, the press and the country,” Radio Kiskeya said in a statement on their website, “At 29 years-old, he had great potential, and many in the audience knew him well.”
The crime appeared to be a classic wrong-place-wrong-time situation, with Charles leaving a bank after making a withdrawal, and being approached by three men. According to police, the men asked him for the money, and when Charles said ‘No’ he was shot twice, once in the head. An off-duty police officer nearby saw this unfold, and shot the gunman, who also died, while the other two men got away by motorcycle. To make matters worse, the scene of the crime was right next to a school that was letting out for lunch (this happened around 12:45pm).
Anyways, it was incredibly sad, especially considering he was doing good for his country by reporting the news for a respectable organization, something that’s sorely needed at a time like this. Not to mention, it’s a sign of a growing trend here in the city, where, according to police, over 200 people have been killed in incidences like this in the past few months. Charles is survived by his girlfriend and two daughters. A bunch of journos here have discussed putting together a fund for his family, to help support them through this tough time, and I will include that information once it happens if anyone is interested in donating.
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