Haitian Gang Violence Sparks Wave Of Migrants Trying To Reach Florida

Haitian Gang Violence Sparks Wave Of Migrants Trying To Reach Florida


Prosecutors in the Bahamas charged four men with manslaughter after a vessel carrying mostly Haitian migrants to Florida capsized, leaving more than a dozen passengers dead.

The illegal smuggling operation was one of an onslaught of Haitian boats traveling to the Florida coast in light of the recent escalation of gang warfare in the island nation.

On July 24, in the middle of the night, the rickety, 30-foot speedboat transporting about 45 people tipped over on its way to U.S. shores. Local Bahamian authorities managed to rescue 25 passengers off the coast of Nassau, but 17 died in the accident, including a child, an infant, and a pregnant woman. 

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Donald Watson, McKenzie Jerome, Eulan McKinney, and Wilbens Joseph were charged with manslaughter, while Watson and McKinney face an

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