Haitian President Jovenel Moise was assassinated and buried in his hometown.

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The body of slain Haitian President Jovenel Moise was laid to rest Friday in his hometown of Cap-Haitien, where gunshots were heard during the service, prompting the US delegation to leave the Caribbean island nation.

Since Moise’s assassination on July 7 by gunmen who attacked his home in Port-au-Prince, the region has been rife with protests and violence.

Members of the military covered Moise’s coffin in Haiti’s flag in preparation for the funeral.

The White House said Friday that U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Linda Thomas-Greenfield led the American delegation to Haiti to attend Moise’s funeral. But when gunfire broke out, the delegation departed.

“The presidential delegation is safe and accounted for in light of the reported shootings outside of the funeral,” White House press secretary Jen Psaki said.

“They’re on their way back to the United States. We are deeply concerned about unrest in Haiti.”

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U.S. Ambassador to Haiti Michele Sison, Rep. Gregory Meeks, D-N.Y., Rep. Jeff Fortenberry, R-Neb., Daniel Foote, special envoy to Haiti, and Juan Gonzalez, senior western hemisphere director of the National Security Council were among those who joined Thomas-Greenfield.

A senior administration official told NBC News members of the delegation were able to meet with Haitian leaders at the funeral before they departed.

“The delegation will reiterate the United States’ commitment to working with Haiti’s new government to support its investigation into the assassination of President Moise, expand COVID-19 vaccination efforts, and promote security and the rule of law,” a U.S. official told The Hill.

“And [they] will urge members of Haiti’s new government to work with civil society to find solutions to the many pressing challenges facing Haiti and facilitate long-term stability and prosperity.”

Haitian authorities have arrested a number of people they suspect were complicit in Moise’s assassination.


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