Oct. 22, 2003 – The man shot dead Monday night on Tortola was Dion Woods, 29, a St. Thomas resident, British Virgin Islands Police spokeswoman Tamara Archibald-Gill said on Wednesday.
Woods died of multiple gunshot wounds at Frenchman's Cay, a seaside community less than a mile from the West End ferry dock.
Police said Woods was staying on Tortola at a nearby guesthouse at the time of his death.
Homicides are rare in the B.V.I., and gun-related killings are even more so. The last gun-related death took place in 2000.
Authorities have said little about the circumstances of Woods' killing. Witnesses told police that they heard multiple gunshots shortly after 11:30 p.m. Monday and then what sounded like a boat speeding away from shore.
Woods made news in the B.V.I. last February, when the owner of a popular race horse abruptly fired him as the horse's trainer. At the time, Andrew Frett, the owner of Kentucky-bred Timber Yield, denied that he had fired Woods because of the horse's unceremonious loss a few weeks earlier to champion racer Actspectation.
Police have given any indication of why they think Woods might have been killed.
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