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Radio journalist gunned down in Port-au-Prince, motive unclear

Jean Richard Louis-Charles, a 30-year-old journalist working for Radio Kiskeya, one of Port-au-Prince’s most popular radio stations, was fatally shot twice in the head Wednesday near the capital’s central Champs-de-Mars square, Paris-based press freedom group Reporters sans Frontières (RSF) has reported.

Another man at the scene, named as Jean Wilner Duperval, was shot dead on the spot by a plain-clothes policeman. The police recovered the gun used to kill Louis-Charles and, according to news agencies, quoting a police spokesperson, they made an arrest.

The information available is confused. Louis-Charles was initially pursued by three men in a pickup as he left a bank. According to some sources, Duperval was accompanying Louis-Charles. But other witness said it was Duperval who fired the shots that killed the journalist. The police have not offered more precise indications as to the possible motive.

Pending further information from the police investigation, RSF offered its most sincere condolences to Louis-Charles’ partner and two daughters, to Radio Kiskeya co-directors Liliane Pierre-Paul and Marvel Dandin, and to all the other members of the staff at the station, for which he had worked for nearly 10 years.

Louis-Charles was the first journalist to be killed in the Americas since the start of 2011.

Date posted: February 11, 2011 Last modified: May 23, 2018 Total views: 138