MIAMI -- June 23, 2012
A Florida Highway Patrol trooper killed in Haiti is being remembered as a provider for his family and the community.
Dozens of Florida Highway Patrol troopers gathered Saturday with the family of Jean Barthelus for a funeral service in Miami.
Barthelus was shot and killed June 8 in Port-au-Prince where he was visiting his ailing wife. Officials say two men flagged him down and opened fire on his car. The 47-year-old Barthelus was an eight-year veteran of the highway patrol.
North Miami Mayor Andre Pierre told WTVJ TV (http://bit.ly/LptAux ) that Barthelus was the sole provider for his family. The city has pledged to donate $10,000 to help the family.
A fellow trooper described Barthelus as someone who helped during investigations involving the Haitian community.