Target: Haitian National Police Chief Godson Orélus
Goal: Find culprits who murdered missionary and kidnapped child.
Roberta Edwards, an American missionary, was ambushed in her car and fatally shot by gunmen in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. The gunmen proceeded to kidnap a 4-year-old boy who was in the backseat of the car. Haitian authorities have launched an investigation but currently have no leads on the assailants or whereabouts of the boy. Haiti is the poorest country in the Western hemisphere with a high level of violence and kidnapping, yet authorities claim they haven’t witnessed this type of attack before.
Edwards had been working in Haiti since 2002 as director of a foster home and nutrition center run by a Tennessee-based church. She cared for and homeschooled the orphans there. She was committed to the children she served despite the risks associated with working in Haiti. She also directed a program that fed the poor. Her friends and colleagues claim she had a steadfast love for the people of Haiti and will be impossible to replace.
Edwards was driving the 4-year-old and two other boys from the orphanage at the time of the attack. The two boys were able to run out of the vehicle and escape. The seemingly random act of violence has ended the life of a woman who provided much needed services to Haiti and ripped a vulnerable child away from love and security.
Let the Haitian authorities know you support their efforts to capture these culprits. Urge them to use all of their resources to find the boy and bring justice to the slain missionary by finding her murderers and putting them behind bars.
Dear Chief Orélus,
The recent attack on a missionary and three orphans in Haiti is a tragic event that must not reoccur. Haiti’s streets are filled with armed criminals who will not hesitate to fire on a car filled with children. This poses a serious threat to your society. A woman who brought love, education, and homes to orphans is now dead and a young child is missing.
The culprits are unknown and the motive appears random, making this a more challenging case to solve. However, full measures should be taken to rid the streets of these dangerous perpetrators. A 4-year-old boy is in the hands of these violent individuals and his safe return should be a priority.
I am horrified by this tragic incident and am hoping for the safe return of the abducted boy. Please use the police force’s full resources to find these culprits and rid their violence from the streets.
[Your Name Here]
Photo credit: Myriam Thyes