Haitian Dieufort Fleurissaint, who pastors a church in Boston, spoke out after Haitian President Jovenel Moïse was assassinated in his home around 1 a.m. Wednesday, July 7, 2021. Boston has one of the largest Haitian populations within all of the United States.
The Associated Press reported that Fleurissaint said, “To kill and assassinate a president in his home just shows the level of insecurity in the country and how no one is exempt from the violence. It’s unacceptable.” The Haitian pastor, 59, has lived in the United States since he was 18. He said he called family and friends in Haiti to make sure no one leaves their home for the time being for fear of more “reprisals and unrest” following President Moïse’s assassination. Fleurissaint also heads a Haitian advocacy group.