Three American missionaries killed in Haiti

PORT-AU-PRINCE, HAITI – In a tragic turn of events, American missionaries Davy and Natalie Lloyd were killed in Haiti on Thursday, as confirmed by their family members. The couple, who had been working in the region, were ambushed by gang members while leaving a church event with their children.

Natalie Lloyd’s father, Missouri state Rep. Ben Baker, shared the devastating news on social media, detailing how the couple was attacked by armed gang members traveling in three trucks. The assailants captured Davy and Natalie, leading to their brutal deaths.

Married in 2022, the Lloyds were dedicated missionaries with Missions in Haiti, Inc., an organization operated by Davy’s parents for over 20 years. The nonprofit confirmed the attack, stating that Davy was taken to their home, tied up, and beaten before the gang stole their belongings and vehicles.

Later that evening, Missions in Haiti announced that the couple had been shot and killed. The news has left their community and loved ones in deep mourning. Rep. Baker expressed his grief on social media, asking for prayers and support for both his and the Lloyd family during this devastating time.

Missouri Governor Mike Parson described the incident as “absolutely heartbreaking,” reflecting the widespread sorrow and shock felt by those who knew the Lloyds. The White House also acknowledged the tragedy, extending condolences and emphasizing the urgent need for international intervention to address Haiti’s escalating security crisis.

President Joe Biden, speaking alongside Kenyan President William Ruto, defended the decision not to deploy U.S. troops to Haiti, citing potential misinterpretations and adverse consequences. Instead, he highlighted ongoing material support, including equipment and training, aimed at stabilizing the region.

The dire conditions in Haiti have been a growing concern, with escalating gang violence creating an atmosphere of fear and instability. Missions in Haiti has frequently documented these challenges, underscoring the urgent need for global attention and action to restore peace and order in the country.