Canadian missionary killed in Haiti

Haitian detectives are investigating the killing of a Canadian missionary who was shot to death Thursday as he left a bank in the Caribbean nation's capital, authorities say.

Richard E. Joyal fatally shot after withdrawing money from bank in Port-au-Prince

Identification cards, cash, a phone, a key and an item with a bank logo lie on the street after being placed there by authorities next to the body of Canadian missionary Richard E. Joyal, after he was killed Thursday in Delmas, a district of Port-au-Prince, Haiti. (Dieu Nalio Chery/Associated Press)

Haitian detectives are investigating the killing of a Canadian missionary who was shot to death Thursday as he left a bank in the Caribbean nation's capital Port-au-Prince, authorities said.

Richard E. Joyal, 62, was originally from Winnipeg but had lived in Quebec City for the past two years. He was with an order of Catholic brothers, The Marianists. 

Joyal was on a temporary mission in Haiti and was scheduled to return next week. 

Police Insp. Aladin Jean-Louis said Joyal had just withdrawn $1,000 from a bank at about 10:30 a.m. local time when two men on a motorcycle approached and grabbed a bag he was carrying. The passenger shot him three times in the back.

Authorities later found the $1,000 in Joyal's wallet and confiscated the money. The contents of Joyal's billfold included a driver's licence showing he was from Quebec, but CBC News has confirmed Joyal was originally from Manitoba.  

Another identification card showed he worked as an administrator for a Canadian congregation in the Delmas district of Port-au-Prince.

Police investigating the shooting redirected traffic on one of the busiest thoroughfares in the capital.

The United States in December sharpened its travel warning to Haiti, citing kidnappings and other crime, cholera and a tattered infrastructure. Canada followed with a similar advisory.


  • An earlier version of this story, based on an Associated Press report, said incorrectly that Richard E. Joyal, a Canadian shot to death in Haiti, was a priest. In fact, he was part of a order of Catholic brothers called The Marianists.
    Apr 26, 2013 9:20 AM ET

With files from CBC News