Wife of slain Haitian president: ‘When they left, they thought I was dead’

In a New York Times interview, Martine Moïse recalled the terrifying moments that ended in her husband’s assassination.

NBC News Digital, By David K. Li, July 30, 2021

The wife of slain Haitian President Jovenel Moïse said the men who murdered her husband also believed they’d killed her in the assassination that has rocked the Caribbean nation’s already shaky democracy.

In an interview with The New York Times that was posted on the newspaper’s website Friday, Martine Moïse recounted the terrifying moments July 7 when gunmen burst into their home, shot her and then killed the president before rifling through her husband’s files looking for something.

“The only thing that I saw before they killed him were their boots,” Martine Moïse said, describing the moment her husband was gunned down next to her. “Then I closed my eyes, and I didn’t see anything else.”

After firing the fatal shots, attackers ransacked the room and looked through the president’s files, all while speaking Spanish — and not the island’s dominant languages of French and Haitian Creole — Martine Moïse said.

“‘That’s not it. That’s not it,'” she recalled them saying before one finally declared: “‘That’s it.'”

She doesn’t know what they were seeking or found.

“They were looking for something in the room, and they found it,” she said.

The gunmen left the room.

“When they left, they thought I was dead,” Martine Moïse told the newspaper in an interview in South Florida, where she’s recovering from her wounds.

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