THIES, Senegal (sentinel.ht) – Police in Senegal are reporting that an argument between two Haitian students in the country on scholarship has left both dead in what appears to be a murder-suicide.
The two students were of a total 163 who were admitted to the country with full scholarships following the 2010 earthquake in Haiti. All but six of those 163 are still undertaking their studies. The two who, now deceased students, were attending the Polytechnic School of Thies and were nearing the end of formal studies according to friends.
Fedenfki Dernoville, 28, and Edouard Marelin, 29, were engaged in a heated dispute, possibly regarding the organization of an upcoming festival, according to reports. Tempers rose and Dernoville reached for a hammer and beat Marcelin to death.
News agencies report that the body of Dernoville was found first, hung from a tree near the college campus. With news buzzing of the apparent suicide, friends realized Marcelin was missing. With police, investigators breached the dormitory room where Marcelin had lived and found him in a pool of blood and knife wounds to the throat.
In Dernovilles apartment, investigators searched for answers, including on his computer, where they say it appears the two had been in conflict with each other for some time. A note was left behind by Dernoville in his apartment. reading “life is a journey, an eternal struggle and when we do not support nor the necessary intellectual baggage, it will be very difficult to succeed”.