Yap Governor Falan: ‘Yap’s spirit is broken by this senseless and heinous act’

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Henry S. Falan, the Governor of the State of Yap, FSM (PNC file photo)

Governor Henry S. Falan, the Governor of the State of Yap has released a statement on the death of Rachelle Bergeron, the acting attorney general of Yap State. 

Below is the full text of the Yap Governor’s statement:

“My dear fellow Yapese citizens, our significant friends, and allies, both here at home and abroad. Today I come to as a very sad man and not the proud Governor that I thought I would be or could be.”

“Today marks a tragic day in our history. We are under the watchful eyes of the world. It is with great sadness that I report the death of Yap’s acting attorney general, Rachelle Bergeron.”

“She was killed by gunfire early yesterday evening, around 7 p.m., in her home after returning from her daily job. Her husband was at home at that time. She was taken immediately to Yap State hospital where she died. “

“On behalf of all the citizens of Yap, both here and abroad, I offer our united heartfelt condolences to her husband, her family and friends, and colleagues. Her loss will be greatly felt by all who knew her.”

“Yap’s spirit is broken by this senseless and heinous act.”

“As governor of the state of Yap, I promise to do everything in my power, to have justice prevail, and to restore civility into our society.” 

“This crime is under investigation. We will keep you informed as it progresses.  May God bless Rochelle’s spirit. And may God bless all of us as we go through this darkness together.”  

Bergeron, a U.S. citizen working for the FSM State of Yap as the State’s Acting Attorney General, was reportedly shot by a single suspected shooter.

The State of Yap, with the assistance of the FSM Department of Justice and the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation, is coordinating efforts to complete a thorough investigation,” the FSM government said in a statement issued to PNC.

Bergeron first arrived in Yap from the US in 2015, taking up the position of assistant attorney general before being promoted to acting attorney general in January.