Sunday 26 May 2024

American Missionary Couple Killed By Haitian Gangs Were ‘Full Of Love And Devotion To The People Of Haiti,’ Family Says

 Davy and Natalie Lloyd, the young missionary couple who were serving in Haiti when they were killed by Haitian gangs on Thursday, had a heart for the people of Haiti and “reached countless lives in so many ways,” according to Missouri Republican state Rep. Ben Baker, who is Natalie’s father.

Davy, Natalie, and Jude Montis, the local director of Missions in Haiti Inc., were ambushed by a gang while they were leaving a youth church activity in northern Port-au-Prince. The three missionaries took cover in a house but the gang found them and started shooting at the house, Davy’s sister Hannah Cornett told the Associated Press. Missions in Haiti, Inc. postedon Facebook that “Davy was taken to the house tied up and beat” before a different gang showed up and appeared to exchange gunfire.

Davy, Natalie, and Jude were all fatally shot at 9:00 p.m. local time, the missions organization later posted.

“They loved Haiti and loved its people dearly and ultimately gave everything for them. Davy and Natalie reached countless lives in so many ways and we want them to be remembered for who they were, selfless and full of love and devotion to the people of Haiti,” Baker said, according to Fox News.

The Missouri state representative had posted the news of the attack on his daughter and son-in-law on Facebook early Thursday morning.

“My heart is broken in a thousand pieces. I’ve never felt this kind of pain,” he wrote. “Most of you know my daughter and son-in-law Davy and Natalie Lloyd are full time missionaries in Haiti. They were attacked by gangs this evening and were both killed. They went to Heaven together. Please pray for my family we desperately need strength. And please pray for the Lloyd family as well. I have no other words for now.”

Davy’s parents, David and Alicia Lloyd of Oklahoma, founded Missions in Haiti, Inc. in 2000 and are full-time missionaries in the Caribbean country. Davy grew up in Haiti with his family, Cornett told the AP. Davy then went to Bible college in the U.S., where he met Natalie. The couple married in June 2022 before moving to Haiti. Jude Montis had worked for the Lloyd’s missions organization in Haiti for 20 years, according to Cornett.

Haiti has been plagued with violence in recent months as gangs fight for control of the country. The U.S. evacuated embassy personnel from the country in March as the Department of State warned, “The current security situation in Haiti is unpredictable and dangerous.”


Two GoFundMe fundraisers have been set up to support the families of Baker and Lloyd families, including support for funeral expenses. Missions in Haiti, Inc. confirmed the authenticity of both fundraisers, which have combined to raise nearly $100,000 as of Saturday afternoon.

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