The three Haitian-American suspects in Jovenel Moïse's assassination, Dr. Christian Emmanuel Sanon (left) James Solages (middle) and Joseph Vincent (right).

Max Louis’s voice quivered as he spoke, visibly trying to fight back tears, while he stood in front of a liquor store in Coral Springs, Florida. 

“It’s sad, us Haitians are killing each other,” said Louis, 53, a driver from Margate, Florida. “Not just Florida, I think all the diaspora all over the world will have a bad name, they will think bad about us. They added to the bad situation that was in Haiti by killing the president.”

Haiti’s political crisis has gone from bad to worse after President Jovenel Moïse was assassinated on July 7, Louis said, echoing a sentiment many of his compatriots have expressed. To make matters worse, three of the men allegedly involved are Louis’s fellow Haitian-Americans from Florida. 

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Onz Chery is a Haiti correspondent for The Haitian Times. Chery started his journalism career as a City College of New York student with The Campus. He later wrote for First Touch, local soccer leagues in New York and Elite Sports New York before joining The Haitian Times in 2019.