A Haitian authorized clerk assisting examine the assassination of the country’s president was murdered, his union and colleagues claimed Thursday, marking a violent transform for authorities pursuing the situation.

Ernst Lafortune, a clerk operating for a tribunal in the country’s money of Port-au-Prince, had an evening meeting with his exceptional, Mathieu Chanlatte, a decide investigating the murder of President Jovenel Moïse, the Nationwide Association of Haitian Legal Clerks claimed in a assertion. The two had a “lively discussion,” the union claimed.

Hours afterwards, Mr. Lafortune was dropped off by unknown folks at a hospital with damaged arms and a gash in his throat, claimed another authorized clerk operating with him. At the hospital, Mr. Lafortune was pronounced lifeless, leaving driving a wife and at minimum two kids, the clerk claimed.

The hospital exactly where Mr. Lafortune was taken could not be determined. His relatives customers and the decide could not be reached to comment.

“Is it a coincidence that he is lifeless? Glance at it: It is not a coincidence,” the authorized clerk claimed. “It’s a distinct signal that shows that a clerk can’t work on this situation.”