JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A Jacksonville woman is getting some much needed help to bring her children to the First Coast from Haiti for their father's funeral.
Raynold Orelus was shot and killed Monday, while trying to stop a robber in the McDonald's parking lot on Baymeadows Road. An arrest has been made in the shooting.
He and his wife, Miraclide, moved to Florida from Haiti six years ago, leaving left their four sons there. Now, there is an effort to bring them to the U.S. for their father's funeral.
Friends helped the widower make an appointment Thursday morning to begin the paperwork at the local office of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.
But Jerry Shea, an immigration law attorney, said the family will need to file an emergency visa, but that can still take three to six months to process.
"In this particular instance she probably needs some help from one of the (local) congressional offices to help expedite that," he said.
Shea is confident with the push of a local congressional delegation, the boys will be at their father's funeral, he said.
He offered to help the Oreluses for free as did another law office, Fowler White Boggs.
The Oreluses gratefully accepted the services from Fowler White Boggs, which will send an attorney with Miraclide Orelus to immigration services to begin the process.
First Coast News