BROOKLYN, NY – Martine Moise, the widow of assassinated Haitian President Jovenel Moise, says Haiti must not “lose its way” in the aftermath of the tragedy that left her critically injured.
Speaking for the first time since gunmen stormed their home on the outskirts of here on Wednesday, Moise said the attack that killed her husband happened in “the blink of an eye, without even giving him a chance to say a word,” she said in the audio message posted on her official Twitter account on Saturday.
In the message that was in Creole, she also said the mercenaries were sent to kill her husband “because of roads, water, electricity, and referendum as well as elections at the end of the year so that there is no transition in the country.”
“I am crying, it is true, but we cannot let the country lose its way.”
“We cannot let his blood … have been spilled in vain. “I am alive, but I have lost my husband Jovenel,” she said.
Jovenel Moise, 53, was killed by gunmen in the early hours of Wednesday in what Haitian authorities said was “a highly coordinated attack by a highly trained and heavily armed group.”
Haitian authorities say an armed commando of 28 men – 26 Colombians and two Haitian-Americans – burst in and opened fire on the couple in their home. Seventeen people have been arrested so far, and at least three suspects were killed, but no motive has been made public.
After the attack, Martine Moise was transported to a Haitian hospital and was later evacuated to Miami, Florida, for more treatment.