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Family mourns Aristide backer who fell victim to Haiti's upheaval.doc

Family mourns Aristide backer who fell victim to Haiti's upheaval.doc

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Aristide's return does not stop the violence in Haiti.
Aristide's return does not stop the violence in Haiti.

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Publication: THE DALLAS MORNING NEWSPubDate: 10/21/1994Head: Return too late Family mourns Aristide backer who fell victim toremnants of Haiti's upheavalByline: Ed TimmsCredit: Staff Writer of The Dallas Morning NewsSection: NEWSEdition: HOME FINALPage Number: 30AWord Count: 532Dateline: PORT-AU-PRINCE, HaitiPORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti - When political terror still thrived inHaiti, there were many reasons why Camille Content might have beenkilled.He defied the junta that wrested democracy from the Haitian people in a 1991 coup by continuing to support exiled PresidentJean-Bertrand Aristide. He was active in a community organizationthat was critical of the dictatorship. And he was a good friend tothe Rev. Gerard Jean-Juste, a prominent pro-Aristide Catholic priest who was forced into hiding after the coup and only recentlyresurfaced.Mr. Content lived to see the coup leaders forced to give up power, and the arrival of a massive U.S. military force in Haiti.But he died before he had a chance to see his president return, therandom victim of a violent act.The 27-year-old resident of Port-au-Prince had gone to thecapital city's port area on Oct. 10 to pay for his schooling and tolook for a job. He joined a parade celebrating Mr. Aristide'simpending return. He died when a grenade was thrown into the crowd,apparently by an Aristide opponent. And on Thursday, his family buried him.For Father Jean-Juste, the grenade attack embodies the politicalevil that vexed Haiti during Mr. Aristide's three years of exile.“It really was senseless,” he said. “The foreign troops werehere. Aristide had called for reconciliation. . . . But supportersof the coup leaders were still trying to provoke more violence.”Mr. Content had spent part of the day before his death servingas an altar boy at St. Gerard Catholic Church, a parish not far from the tiny cinder-block house with a corrugated tin roof that provides shelter for his extended family, including six brothersand a sister.“At my Mass, the message was reconciliation, peace and justice,”said Father Jean-Juste. It was a message, the priest recalled, thatMr. Content embraced.On Thursday, members of his family were trying to do the same asthey dressed for his funeral.

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