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Events planned to mark the assassination in Haiti include: (At top) A Haitian Times virtual community health check and solidarity memorial on July 14; and (at bottom) prayer vigils for Martine Moïse and peace on July 16. Haitian Times

One week after President Jovenel Moïse’s assassination, Haitian-Americans across the U.S. have begun holding events to mark the slaying and help community members cope, diaspora leaders say.

In New York, the local Haitian consulate plans to honor Moise’s accomplishments on July 14. Officials there said they are waiting until after the president’s funeral to hold more events. 

Eudson Tyson-Francois, a Spring Valley, New York village trustee, said based on his conversations with Haitian Ambassador Bocchit Edmond, the funeral will likely occur soon after the two-week national period of mourning that began July 7. Tyson-Francois said he became close to Moise about six years ago, when the then-presidential hopeful visited New York. 

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Sam is a reporter for The Haitian Times and a 2020 Report for America corps member. He has covered Haiti and its diaspora since 2018. His work has also appeared in USA Today, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review and Haiti Liberte. Sam can be reached at sam@haitiantimes.com or on Twitter @sambojarski.