Haitian Radio Show Host Killed in Miami With PM-Haiti
MIAMI (AP) _ A Haitian who had a weekly pro-democracy radio show was fatally shot at a benefit for the family of a Haitian journalist gunned down two years ago.
Dona St. Plite, 41, who worked at WKAT radio in Miami, was killed Sunday night outside the benefit at a school, said police Detective Catherine Carter.
Police had not established a motive for the slaying.
″We don’t know what we have,″ Miami police spokesman Angelo Bitsis said today. ″It could be political or it could be robbery.″
Station manager Arnie Premer said St. Plite was a prominent Haitian businessman who had a midnight-to-6 a.m. radio show each Friday.
″He talked politics, but his views were not as deep as others,″ Premer said.
The benefit was for the family of Fritz Dor, who was killed in March 1991. Dor’s death came a month after the killing of Jean-Claude Olivier, also a journalist.
Dor and Olivier were shot shortly after the inauguration of Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide. Police say they were killed with the same gun.
A suspect, Glossy Bruce Joseph, was arrested in May 1991 and police said he gave statements indicating the two broadcasters were killed by hired hit men. The Dade state attorney’s office could not immediately determine the disposition of Joseph’s case, a spokeswoman said today.
A United Nations-brokered peace agreement calls for Aristide, ousted in 1991 in a military coup, to return as Haiti’s president. Recent stalling by the Haitian military in putting the peace plan into effect prompted renewed U.N. economic sanctions, enforced by Navy warships.