Photo credit: wjtv Late President Jovnel Moïse and First Lady Martine Moïse
July 7, 2021

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Statement by Assemblymember Rodneyse Bichotte Hermelyn on the Assassination of Haitian President Jovenel Moïse and Attack on First Lady Martine Moïse
(Brooklyn, NY) -- Haitian-American Assemblymember Rodneyse Bichotte Hermelyn released the following statement after news of this morning's Assassination of Haitian President Jovenel Moïse. First Lady Martine Moïse was also injured in the attack.

"Earlier this morning, we learned that the President of Haiti, Jovenel Moïse, was fatally gunned down in his private home. The first lady, Martine Moïse was also shot and hospitalized. Her condition is not yet clear.[1] The President leaves behind three children.

I am saddened about the horrific events that occurred in Haiti, which follow an unstable period for the country, which failed to hold free and fair elections. I pray for the Moïse family as they mourn their loss. I also pray for the security and peace of Haiti.

Haiti is currently being led by Prime Minister Claude Joseph, who described the attack as a 'hateful, inhumane and barbaric act.' [2]

Haiti has always been resilient. We fought and gained our independence in 1804 and our people continue to break barriers and reach new heights across the globe.

My hope is that Haiti will overcome this turbulent time, hold a democratic election and recover as a country."

Assemblymember Rodneyse Bichotte Hermelyn represents the 42nd Assembly District in Brooklyn covering Ditmas Park, Flatbush, East Flatbush and Midwood. She is currently the Chair of the Subcommittee on Oversight of Minority and Women-Owned Business Enterprises (MWBEs), and serves on the following committees: Housing, Government Operations, Education, Banks, Health, and Higher Education. She is also a member of the Task Force on Women's Issues and sits on Governor Cuomo's Domestic Violence Advisory Council and Mayor De Blasio's MWBE Task Force.

As a current Assemblymember, District Leader, and Chair of Brooklyn Democratic Party, Rodneyse Bichotte Hermelyn has been an outspoken advocate on issues concerning immigration, education, economic development, unemployment, education reform, health care access, senior citizen centers, affordable housing, school safety, women's and LGBTQ rights, as well as other issues affecting the quality of life in the community.  

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