Funeral service held for FL trooper slain in Haiti

3:35 PM, Jun 23, 2012   |    comments
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MIAMI (AP) - 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 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.

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