Haitian students demand justice. Thousands of students filled the streets of the Haitian capital, Port-au-Prince, on Thursday. They demanded justice for the kidnap and murder of a 22-year-old student. Kidnappers captured Evelyne Sincere, and later killed her, and dumped her body in a garbage dump. Students at Jacques Roumain High School organized the march. Protesters walked to the Ministry of Justice, where they showed their displeasure in the handling of the case. They demanded retribution for her killers. Rapper “Bricks” from the popular group “Barikad Crew” joined protesters in Port-au-Prince. We are out here in a show of solidarity for the protesters. If I didn’t feel threatened (by this violence), I wouldn’t be here.” He said.
“The poor people are suffering, and so we need to be in the street to stop them from picking us off one by one.”
Haitian students demand justice: suspect arrested
The national police commissioner Michel-Ange Louis Jeune issued a warrant of arrest for a young man named Joseph Obed in connection with the kidnap. A close friend of the victim said she had a boyfriend called Obed. She was to visit him on the day kidnappers took her. Obed denied involvement in the crime.
Sincere’s schoolmate and close friend said that Sincere often spoke about meeting up with her boyfriend, Obed. “Evelyn came to my house on Wednesday morning, the day she was kidnapped, and told me she was heading to a sister’s house. Afterward, she was going to see Obed at his house.” The friend said. She alleged to have received a phone call at 6 p.m. asking for a $6000 ransom. She said she told the kidnapper she couldn’t afford to pay that amount. He responded that if she didn’t, he will kill her friend and dump her in the pile of trash.
Government denounces murder
The Haitian President has denounced the murder.
“As the father of a family, I am deeply shocked by the kidnapping followed by the murder of the naive schoolgirl Evelyne Sincère. Such atrocities are unacceptable. Police and judicial authorities have only one choice: to put the bandits out of harm’s way,” President Jovenel Moïse said in a brief statement.
Justice Minister Rockefeller Vincent said he was saddened by the assassination of the student Evelyne Sincère.
“This criminal act affects the nation and its sacred values. I demand from the Prosecutor’s Office of Port-au-Prince and the police to get concrete and quick results for this crime.”
Haitian students demand justice. The student was pursuing her degree when kidnappers took her. They demanded a ransom. Media reports said that the family had raised only US$15,000. The kidnappers called the family to say that they had dumped the body of the student in a landfill in Delmas. The Deputy Justice of the Peace of Delmas, Jean Flaury Raymond, said the body had many signs of beatings, torture, and rape.