Pierre Garcon has many relatives – “too many to count” – still living in Haiti. And as of Wednesday afternoon, his immediate family hadn’t heard from many of them.
A Haitian-American wideout for the Indianapolis Colts, Garcon was jolted by the news of Tuesday afternoon’s 7.0 magnitude earthquake, which devastated much of his family’s homeland. The quake ravaged the Haitian capital of Port-au-Prince, destroying much of the city and leaving a countrywide death toll that early estimates put at 500,000 and rising.
"[We] haven't heard much from them," Garcon said. "We're still waiting to see. Mom is trying to call. Hopefully [we'll] get some good news. . . . I have a lot of people - a lot of close people."
Wide receiver Pierre Garcon is of Haitian descent. Although his immediate family lives in Florida, numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and other relatives still in Haiti, Garcon said.