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Haiti: Violence overshadows memorial mass for slain Haitian leader

CAP-HAITIEN, Haiti (AP) — A priest told mourners at a memorial Thursday for slain President Jovenel Moïse that too much blood is being shed in Haiti as authorities warned of more violence ahead of his funeral.

The Reverend Jean-Gilles Sem spoke to dozens of people wearing white T-shirts emblazoned with Moïse’s picture.

“The killings and kidnappings should stop,” he said, noting that poor communities are the most affected.

“We’re tired.”

The mass at the cathedral in the northern coastal city of Cap-Haitien was about half-full as officials warned other events planned for later in the day could be cancelled amid concerns over violence.

Moïse supporters kept interrupting the mass as they cried out and accused Haiti’s elite of killing the president.

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