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Canadian priest fatally shot in Port-au-Prince

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (defend.ht) — A member of the Catholic religious order of Quebec City, Canada, was shot to death in Haiti just one week before he was due to return home.

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PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (defend.ht) — A member of the Catholic religious order of Quebec City, Canada, was shot to death in Haiti just one week before he was due to return home.

Richard E. Joyal, a 62-year-old member of the Marian order, was killed while leaving a bank in the district of Delmas, in the capital of Port-au-Prince.

Police say Joyal had just withdrawn $1,000 at about 10:30 a.m. when two men on a motorcycle approached and grabbed a bag he was carrying.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.

Father Marc Turcotte, a Marian priest, said his colleague was in Haiti to help relocate students after the earthquake of January 2010.

The religious congregation is in the process of closing its mission, which first opened in the early 2000s.

Canada sharpened its travel advisory to Haiti in December, citing high crime rates in various parts of the country and ongoing political tensions.

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