Sodus Man Loses 10 Family Members in Haiti Earthquake
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A Wayne County man continues mourning the loss of his extended family killed in last month’s earthquake in Haiti. Beloni Beaubriant said he tried patiently to reach his family back home in the Caribbean nation. When he finally got through, the news wasn't good.
"I found out that I got ten family members passed away, gone," he said.
Beloni came to the United States 17 years ago, spending the past 11 in Wayne County. His wife of 25 years, Josette, and two of their five children, joined him just six months ago.
After learning of the tragic loss of his aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews, Beloni said his attention quickly turned to his mother and three other children.
"After three, four days I hear my mom have life. I said, 'Thank you Jesus.'"
Beloni said his mother, children, brother and sister are all okay, but they are now living on the street.
"My mom's house gone, my brother's house gone, my sister's house gone; all of their houses are gone,” Beloni said. “They don't have anything, anything, nothing."
When word of the Haiti earthquake reached members of Beloni's church in Williamson, the congregation was quick to help in any way it could. Pastor Henry Prior said the church collected donations and offered up prayers for Beloni and his family.
"We did financial support to brother Beloni so he was able to send some relief to his family, those that is alive,” Pastor Prior said. “But we cannot imagine the devastation of having such a loss all at once to happen."
Contact information for the Redeem Baptist Church of God in Christ can be found by clicking the link below for those wishing to help Beloni’s family. Redeem Bethel Church of God in Christ