Richard E. Joyal fatally shot after withdrawing money from bank in Port-au-Prince
The Associated Press
Posted: Apr 25, 2013 3:55 PM ET
Last Updated: Apr 25, 2013 5:37 PM ET
Haitian detectives are investigating the killing of a Canadian priest who was shot to death Thursday as he left a bank in the Caribbean nation’s capital Port-au-Prince, authorities said.
Police inspector Aladin Jean-Louis said that 62-year-old Richard E. Joyal had just withdrawn $1,000 from a bank about 10:30 a.m. when two men on a motorcycle approached and grabbed a bag he was carrying. The passenger shot him three times in the back.
Authorities later found the $1,000 in Joyal’s wallet and confiscated the money. The contents of Joyal’s billfold included a driver’s license showing he was from Quebec, but CBC News has confirmed Joyal was originally from Manitoba.
Another identification card showed he was a priest who worked as an administrator for a Canadian congregation in the Delmas district of Port-au-Prince.
Police investigating the shooting in Delmas redirected traffic on one of the busiest thoroughfares in the capital.
The United States in December sharpened its travel warning to Haiti, citing kidnappings and other crime, cholera and a tattered infrastructure. Canada followed with a similar advisory.
Yet again, we must suspect that someone in the bank phoned accomplices, telling them the priest had just withdrawn a lot of money. This is commonplace in Haiti and the banking system seems to ignore this problem.