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The funeral for slain Haitian President Jovenel Moise in Cap-Haitien, on July 23. (Matias Delacroix/The Associated Press)

Haitian President Jovenel Moïse ordered the destruction of an airstrip in Haiti’s Artibonite region used for drug trafficking, according to a New York Times article. In his private residence, he kept a list of people, including the brother-in-law of his predecessor, involved in Haiti’s drug trade. Ultimately, that list might have been what drew assassins to the Moïse home that fateful night in early July.

“It wasn’t a surprise,” said Josue Renaud, speaking about the influence of the predecessor, Michel Martelly, in Haiti’s affairs under Jovenel. 

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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.