Merle West

 

 

 

Age: 72

 

Summary: longtime Free Methodist Church missionary worker and president of the non-profit charity group Friends of Haiti Organization (FOHO) who was among one of more than 2,000 American foreigners reported missing and presumed dead following the catastrophic 7.0-magnitude earthquake in Haiti that killed approximately 316,000 people and injured over 250,000 others during a series of severe aftershocks, which caused major damages to at least 30,000 commercial buildings and destroyed much of the Caribbean island's infrastructure region becoming one of the most powerful earthquakes to strike the country in 200 years.

 

 

Cause of Death: Killed during an earthquake

 

Born: June 9, 1937

 

Died: January 12, 2010

 

Location: Port-au-Prince, Haiti