Martine Moïse, the wounded widow of Haiti’s assassinated president, attended a memorial for her late husband on Wednesday – still wearing a splint and accompanied by her three children.
The former first lady, who returned to the Caribbean nation Saturday after undergoing treatment at a Miami hotel, appeared before her fellow citizens at the Museum of the Haitian National Pantheon.
Dressed in black and wearing pearls, Moïse received condolences from newly installed Prime Minister Ariel Henry, former President Michel Martelly and Helen La Lime, the UN’s top official in the country, the New York Times reported.
The funeral for the assassinated leader, Jovenel Moïse, is planned for Friday in the northern city of Cap-Haïtien.
In a post on her Twitter account, the former first lady said the family wished to pay for the ceremony itself rather than use funds from Haiti’s public treasury.
In other developments Wednesday, hundreds of workers fled businesses in northern Haiti after demonstrations near the slain president’s hometown grew violent ahead of the funeral.
AP journalists observed the body of one man who witnesses said was shot in the community of Quartier-Morin, which is near Trou-du-Nord, where Moïse was born.
Roadblocks were set up between the two communities, temporarily barring vehicles from entering or leaving.
Fleeing people said they saw burning tires and men with weapons demanding justice for Moïse. One woman said the armed men told her, “Go! Go! Go!” as workers clad in uniforms obeyed and left the area.
Officials have said at least 26 suspects have been detained as part of the sweeping probe into the assassination, including 18 former Colombian soldiers and three Haitian police officers.
At least seven high-ranking police officials have been placed in isolation, but not formally arrested, Police Chief Léon Charles has said.
On Wednesday, Colombia’s government said it would have a consular mission in Haiti this month to help the detained ex-soldiers and repatriate the bodies of the three others killed by Haitian authorities after the assassination.