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Martine Moise speaks with Local News 10's Calvin Hughes in an exclusive interview that aired Sept. 15. Screenshot photo

When gunfire awoke Jovenel and Martine Moïse at 1 a.m. on July 7, Haiti’s former first lady said she never thought their lives could be in danger. After all, the presidential residence was well-secured — or so she thought. 

“For me, help was coming,” Martine Moïse said in an exclusive interview with South Florida’s WABC Local 10 news, which aired on Sept. 15, recalling her thoughts during the attack. “There’s a bunch of security in the house with us, so we cannot be under attack.” 

Yet, the security never came. And the two men she said Jovenel Moïse called, presidential security officials Jean Laguel Civil and Dimitri Herard, are now behind bars on murder charges.

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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 or on Twitter @sambojarski.