April 29, 2013 9:51 pm
Updated: April 29, 2013 10:49 pm

Suspect arrested in killing of Canadian priest

Identification cards, cash, a phone, a key and an item with a bank logo lay on the street after being placed there by authorities next to the body of Canadian priest Richard E. Joyal, not in picture, after he was killed in Delmas, a district of Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Thursday, April 25, 2013. Police inspector Aladin Jean-Louis says that the 62-year-old Joyal had just withdrawn $1,000 from a bank when two men on a motorcycle approached and grabbed a bag he was carrying, and the passenger shot him three times in the back. Authorities later found the $1,000 in Joyal’s wallet in his pocket and placed it at his feet. (AP Photo/Dieu Nalio Chery)


PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti – The Haitian police department says it has made an arrest in connection with the slaying of a Canadian member of a Catholic religious order last week.

Sixty-two-year-old Richard Joyal was gunned down Thursday just after he withdrew money from a bank in the capital of Port-au-Prince

Police spokesman Frantz Lerebours said Monday night that he couldn’t provide more details on the arrest.

Police have said Joyal was shot three times by a passenger on a motorcycle and the two sped off with his bag.

He had just withdrawn $1,000 at the bank, but authorities say they found the cash in his wallet.

Joyal was a religious brother with the Society of Mary, a congregation of priests and brothers known as the Marianists.

He worked as an administrator for the Canadian congregation in the Delmas district of Port-au-Prince.

The contents of Joyal’s billfold included a driver’s licence showing he was from Quebec.

There are about 1,200 Marianists in 38 countries.

Canada sharpened its travel advisory to Haiti in December, citing high crime rates in various parts of the country and ongoing political tensions.

– with files from The Canadian Press

© 2013 The Associated Press

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