Families wait for word on loved ones in Haiti

By Chuck Weber

LAKE WORTH, FL (WFLX)-Local Haitians are clamoring for news from their home land. One of them is Edouard Marcphito, who owns a barber shop in Lake Worth.

Marcphito says he's tried calling everyone he knows, hoping for news about his father, sister, and other relatives, back in Haiti. But so far no luck. Only the horrible feeling of not knowing.

While we visited Marcphito's shop Wednesday, new video crossed the television screen. Tears welled up in his eyes, then streamed down his face.

"I can't look at it sometimes," admitted Marcphito. "I try to look at it, but I cry and cry and cry and cry."

"I would say last night was the longest night for most Haitian families," commented Reverend Pierre Saint-Louis of Sinai Missionary Baptist Church, west of Lantana. "Because we are very close to our relatives. We are very emotional people."

Rev. Saint-Louis was waiting to hear about the condition of loved ones in Haiti. "We're still hoping praying that something good can come out," said the pastor.

Saint-Louis said he planned to meet Wednesday night with other pastors and leaders to map strategy to respond to the crisis in Haiti.