gang violence

Haiti

Gangs strangle Haiti’s capital as deaths, kidnappings soar

Photo: A charred jawbone is seen in the debris of home set on fire during clashes between armed gangs in the Butte Boyer neighborhood of Port-au-Prince, Haiti It was about 6 a.m. when Venique Moïse flung open the door of her house and saw dozens of people running — their children in one hand and

Prisons

Inmates leaving gangs, stripping tats for jobs, better lives

Under penalty of a beating or death, Erik Eck pledged at age 13 to adhere to the Latin Kings’ first rule: “Once a King, always a King.” Tattoos that bedeck his entire body express his fealty forever to one of the largest gangs in the U.S. Now 36, the longtime Latin King enforcer is trying

Crime rate

2021 ends as Chicago’s deadliest year in a quarter century

The year of 2021 ended as one of the most violent on record in Chicago, as a rise in the number of shootings left more people dead than in any single year in a quarter century, according to statistics released by the police department on Saturday. According to the department, 2021 ended with 797 homicides.

International

Beleaguered Haiti capital brought to brink by fuel shortages

Haiti’s capital has been brought to the brink of exhaustion by fuel shortages, after staggering along despite an earthquake, the assassination of the president, gang violence and mass kidnappings. More than two weeks of fuel deliveries interrupted by gang blockades and abductions of fuel truck drivers have driven residents of Port-au-Prince to a desperate search

International

Gang with past abductions blamed for kidnapping missionaries

A notorious Haitian gang known for brazen kidnappings and killings was accused by police Sunday of abducting 17 missionaries from a U.S.-based organization. Five children were believed to be among those kidnapped, including a 2-year-old. The 400 Mawozo gang kidnapped the group in Ganthier, a community that lies east of the capital of Port-au-Prince, Haitian

International

2 Haitian Americans detained in slaying of Haiti president

Two men believed to be Haitian Americans — one of them purportedly a former bodyguard at the Canadian Embassy in Port au Prince — have been arrested in connection with the assassination of Haiti’s president, Haitian officials said Thursday. James Solages and Joseph Vincent were among 17 suspects detained in the brazen killing of President

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