Deaths in 2019 - Rachelle Bergeron

BERGERON: Rachelle Bergeron, photographed this undated photo, was shot and killed Oct. 14. Photo courtesy of Yap State Government Public Information Service Facebook page

Two men have been charged in connection with the deadly shooting of Yap's acting Attorney General Rachelle Bergeron.

Anthony Rutun Teteeth, also known as Tun, is charged in the Yap State Court with murder, conspiracy to commit murder, reckless endangering and malicious mischief.

Francis Choay Buchun, also known as Frances Choay Buchon, is charged in the Yap State Court with conspiracy to commit murder.

The State accused the pair of planning Bergeron's murder at least one month prior to the deadly shooting.

A criminal complaint states both conspired to kill Bergeron, who died after she was shot outside of her home in Yap on Oct. 14.

Teteeth is accused of intentionally causing her death by using a 12-gauge shotgun, which he shot at Bergeron three times, documents state. The gunshots also passed through the walls of her home. Her husband, Simon Haemmerling, and a 12-year-old girl who the couple is caring for were inside the home at the time.

The pair recently made their initial appearance in Yap State Court, according to The Kaselehlie Press. The court ordered them both to be held without bail pending trial. 

The two men are also being charged in the Supreme Court of the Federated States of Micronesia.

Court documents allege Teteeth and Buchun unlawfully possessed and acquired a 12-gauge shotgun and ammunition to carry out Bergeron's murder.

State officials said guns are illegal in Yap.

According to the Weapons Prohibition Act in Yap, only law enforcement officers engaged in official duty and members of the U.S. armed forces are exempted from the ban on having a serviceable firearm.

Both men also had their initial appearances at the FSM Supreme Court, which denied bail for either of them, The Kaselehlie Press reports. Under a Joint Law Enforcement Agreement, the FSM Department of Justice has agreed to assist with the prosecution in Yap State Court.

Court documents do not state a possible motive for the killing.

On Oct. 14, Bergeron had gone running with her dog when gunfire erupted outside of her home in Yap. She died after being shot multiple times.

The FBI sent a team from Guam to assist with the investigation.

Her body was flown out of the island state after a memorial ceremony held in Yap last week. A memorial service will be held in her home state of Wisconsin on Nov. 2.

Authorities have yet to provide an update on Bergeron's autopsy, which was said would be performed stateside.

Bergeron reportedly specialized in fighting human trafficking.

Government officials in Yap have described her as being "fearless, hardworking, and very energetic" and an advocate for all kinds of victims. 

The Wisconsin native was hired as an assistant AG in Yap in August 2015 and was promoted to acting AG in January.

She and her husband would have celebrated their first anniversary at the end of October and were preparing to leave Yap and relocate back to the mainland.

Her memorial service is scheduled for Nov. 2 at Brookside Baptist Church in Brookfield, Wisconsin.


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