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Friends, family of doctor killed delivering food in Port St. Lucie plead for help to catch his killer – WPBF West Palm Beach

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Six weeks after a doctor was murdered on the streets of Port St. Lucie, his friends and family are pleading with the community to step forward to help catch his killer.
On July 13, Dr. Roberto Peigne was helping his wife deliver food near the intersection of Addie Street and Ewing Avenue when someone opened fire into their vehicle.
Peigne was killed.
“When they called and said what happened, I was just beyond words,” said Sherly Cadet, a family friend. “I couldn’t believe it.”
“It was a very bad dream,” said Louise Lindenmeyr, a friend and colleague of Peigne. “It just seemed so inconceivable.”
Peigne had been a pediatric surgeon in his native Haiti for years.
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Lindenmeyr said he was the kind of doctor who was dedicated to his patients, often traveling to provide care to areas sorely in need.
In fact, Lindenmeyr said she and Peigne had opened a clinic in an area like that.
“He was a very dynamic, energetic, funny, handsome, charismatic person,” she said.
“He is a loving man, a great father, great husband and just a hard worker,” Cadet said.
Cadet said Peigne moved to Florida with his wife and three young children in September.
She said he was looking to get his medical license in the United States.
His daughter was only 22 days old when he was killed.
Lindenmeyr said it’s ironic that he would survive so long in dangerous neighborhoods in Haiti only to be killed while making a food delivery in Port St. Lucie.
“You try to deal with it logically, but there’s no logic here,” she said. “It’s just a pure wave of emotional grief.”
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Friends said they only hope now Peigne’s killer can be caught.
They’re hoping someone in the community will step up with information to point police in the right direction.
“We’re not giving up. We are keeping hope alive,” Cadet said. “We know we will have closure with the grace of God, finding his killers.
“We’re going to keep hope alive,” she continued. “We’re going to keep hope alive.”
Port St. Lucie police ask that anyone with information on this murder to call Det. Rodriguez at 772-873-6524.
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