PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti — A robust and feared gang chief in Haiti who was as soon as a math and physics instructor was killed in a neighborhood inside a sprawling seaside slum that he managed for years, native media reported on Monday.
The loss of life of Iskar Andrice, who additionally has been recognized as Iscar Andris, raised issues that already rampant gang violence might spike additional within the vacuum his loss of life created.
Andrice dominated the Belekou neighborhood throughout the Cite Soleil slum the place he died, former mayor Esaïe Beauchard instructed Radio Galaxie FM.
“It’s regrettable that this man needed to be concerned in gang exercise, as a result of he’s a really clever man,” Beauchard mentioned.
It wasn’t instantly clear what day Andrice died.
Jean-Frédérique Islain, the present mayor of Cite Soleil, declined to remark when contacted by The Related Press.
The gang that Andrice led was concerned in homicide, theft, extortion, rape and the hijacking of products and vans, in accordance with a latest U.N. report. He later joined forces with famend gang chief Jimmy Chérizier, referred to as Barbecue, who shaped the “G9 Household and Allies” alliance, Haiti’s largest and strongest gang group.
Media interviews granted by Chérizier first needed to be authorized by Andrice.
The U.N. mentioned that Andrice, like different gang leaders, created a social basis in 2015 referred to as the Siloé Basis to win over the neighborhood he managed and current a Positive picture of himself.
Andrice and different gang leaders have been accused of main a number of lethal raids on Haitian neighborhoods that focused civilians, in accordance with a report by the nonprofit Nationwide Human Rights Protection Community in Haiti.
In addition they have been accused of paralyzing operations at a primary gas terminal within the capital, Port-au-Prince, final 12 months, crippling the nation and forcing Haitian Prime Minister Ariel Henry to make his first request for the pressing deployment of a international armed power.
Related Press reporter Dánica Coto in San Juan, Puerto Rico, contributed.