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MONTREAL -- Members of a Catholic religious order in the Quebec City area were in shock Thursday after hearing a colleague had been shot to death in Haiti just one week before he was due to return home.
Richard E. Joyal, a 62-year-old member of the Marian order, was killed as he left a bank in the capital of Port-au-Prince.
Media reports say Joyal is originally from Manitoba.
Police said Joyal had just withdrawn $1,000 at about 10:30 a.m. when two men on a motorcycle approached and grabbed a bag he was carrying.
The passenger shot him three times in the back.
Father Marc Turcotte, a Marian priest, said his colleague was in Haiti to help relocate students after the earthquake of January 2010.
"It's terrible news, it's dreadful," he told The Canadian Press. "I don't understand."
The religious congregation is in the process of closing its mission, which first opened in the early 2000s.
"We were trying to find places for a number of young people, seven or eight, where they could continue their studies," Turcotte said Thursday. "He (Joyal) was there in Haiti to take care of them."
Father Irenee Breton, another Marian priest, said the mission was told it should close down its operations.
"He (Joyal) was due to return here May 3," Breton said.
Authorities later found the $1,000 in Joyal's wallet and confiscated the money. The contents of Joyal's billfold included a driver's licence showing he was from Quebec.
-- The Canadian Press, with files from The Associated Press