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Homicides 2018 – A Chronological Log

A chronological log of the homicides recorded in 2018 in the U.S. Virgin Islands, as reported by the VIPD. Cases are broken down by island. The Source does not include suicides or vehicular homicides in its listing.

STX – 1
Territory – 1
Date of death – Jan. 6
The territory’s first homicide took place late on Saturday, Jan. 6, when shooting occurred at the Festival Village in Frederiksted, and a suspect was arrested. The victim was identified as 31-year-old Curtis Phipps, also known as “QT.” Officers assigned to the Festival Village in Frederick heard approximately four shots echo from the eastern part of village. Canvassing the area by the “gamble games,” the officers found an unresponsive black male, later identified as Phipps, lying on the ground.

St. Croix – 2
Territory – 2
Date of death – Feb. 13
Julio Cruz, 42, a resident of the Aurio Diaz Housing Community, died from what appeared to be multiple gunshot wounds in Estate Bonne Esperance.

St. Croix – 3, 4
Territory – 3, 4
Date of death – Feb. 17
32-year old Luis Colon and 46-year-old Jacobo Garcia were both shot and killed in the afternoon of Feb. 17 when shots broke out at the Cockpit Coliseum where shots had been reported. Colon and Garcia succumbed to wounds from the shooting.

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St. Croix – 5
Territory – 5
Date of death – March 25
43-year-old Raymond Melendez, was killed in a shooting in the Williams Delight Housing Community. According to police at 11:26 p.m. residents in the Williams Delight Housing Community called 911 to report hearing the sound of shots fired. Responding officers found a responsive Hispanic man, later identified as Melendez, on the ground with what appeared to be gunshot wound to the body.

STX – 6
Territory – 6
Date of death – March 29
The 911 center received a call at 12:42 p.m. Thursday reporting an unresponsive male. Officers discovered the body of a black male. The police report did not indicate how the man had died. Officers were unable to determine the name of the victim, and the VIPD Criminal Investigations Bureau has asked the the community for assistance in identifying him. The victim is a black male between the ages of 18 and 25 years old, with medium brown dark skin and a low fade hair cut. He is between 5 feet, 9 inches tall, weighing about 160 pounds. He has very low facial hair beard and mustache.

STX – 7
Territory – 7
Date of death – March 31
24-year-old Alex Gonzalez died of multiple gunshot wounds during a shooting in the Water Gut area of Christiansted. A caller reported the shots fired at about 12:10 a.m. Saturday. The caller reported gunshots. Officers discovered an unresponsive male lying in the parking lot in the Ruby M. Rouse Housing Community.

STT – 1
Territory – 8
Date of death – April 20
Reports of shots fired at about 5:38 p.;m. drew police to the Kirwan Terrace Housing Community, where they found an unresponsive male who had received multiple gunshot wounds to the body. Police withheld the name of the deceased pending notification of next of kin.

STX – 8
Territory – 9
Date of death – March 29
According to the V.I. Police Department, the 911 center received a call at 12:42 p.m. Thursday reporting an unresponsive male. Officers at the scene discovered the body of a black male, identified by his mother as Robert Courtney Bascus, 23. The police report did not indicate how he had died.

STT – 2
Territory – 10
Date of death – May 9
42-year-old Pierre Nelson Brock was shot to death at the Oswald Harris Housing Community. According to police, at about 2:50 a.m. the 911 center received a report that “someone was crying” in the rear building – Building 4 – of the Oswald Harris Court Housing Community. At the scene officers discovered an unresponsive black male around Building 4. The victim, identified by next of kin as Pierre Belson Brock, man appeared to have sustained a gunshot wound to his body. The victim was later identified by next of kin as Pierre Nelson Brock.

STX – 9
Territory – 11
Date of death – May 19
28-year-old St. Croix man was shot to death early Saturday in Estate Castle Coakley. The victim was identified by next of kin as 28-year-old Adrian Agustin, the police report said. At about 3:53 a.m. the 911 call center received a report of shots being fired at Gertrude’s Restaurant in Estate Castle Coakley. the scene, officers found two individuals had been shot and transported by private vehicle to the Juan F. Luis Hospital. Agustin, the male victim, sustained multiple gunshot wounds to various parts of his body and died of his injuries. The second victim in the shooting, a woman, sustained a gunshot wound to her leg and was treated at the hospital.

STX – 10
Territory – 12
Date of death – May 27
At about 6:40 p.m. the 911 call center received reports about shots being fired on Queen Street in the vicinity of the Vegetable Market in Frederiksted. At the scene officers found an unresponsive male with gunshot wounds to the upper body. Medical attendants at the scene tried to resuscitate him but were unsuccessful. The victim was identified by the next of kin as 39-year-old Johnny Silverio De La Cruz, the V.I. Police Department reported.

STT – 3
Territory – 13
Date of death – June 9
At about 4:31 p.m. the 911 call center received a report that a man had been shot in the stomach at the complex and was being transported by private vehicle to the Schneider Regional Medical Center. At about 4:39 p.m. the victim succumbed to his injuries, the police said. The victim was identified by next of kin as 29-year-old Akeem Lettsome.

STT – 4
Territory – 14
Date of death – June 13
23-year-old Jamal George was found shot to death in his car in the middle of the roadway in Solberg on St. Thomas. According to police an individual called 911 at 10:19 a.m. to report a man in a vehicle who appeared to be unresponsive. Units from the Richard N. Callwood Command along with units from the Criminal Investigation Bureau traveled to the scene and found a vehicle in the middle of the roadway with an unresponsive male in the driver’s seat. He appeared to have been shot in his midsection, police said. Emergency medical technicians were unable to find any vital signs.

STT – 5
Territory – 15
Date of death – June 15
71-year-old Thomas Willie was found dead in his Estate Thomas apartment, dead of a gunshot wound. According to police, 911 received a call at 1:06 p.m. reporting that a foul odor was coming from a residence. The Major Crime Unit responded and found an unresponsive black male sitting in a chair. Preliminary investigation revealed that the deceased had what appeared to be a gunshot to the body.

STT – 6
Territory – 16
Date of death – June 26
A man was shot and killed at aroud 10:48 p.m. in the area known as “Glass Batttle Alley” in Hospital Ground area The victim’s name had not been released by police. At 10:48 p.m. June 25 the 911 dispatcher received a call of multiple shots fired in the Hospital Ground area. Police at the scene discovered a black male on the ground. The man appeared to have sustained a gunshot wound to his body. He was transported to Schneider Regional Medical Center via ambulance where he was taken into surgery. He died early the next morning.

STX – 11
Territory – 17
Date of death – June 29
52-year-old Lloyd Canegata was killed and another man injured in a shooting at the Players Club in Diamon Crest Plaza. The 911 call center received a report of shots fired at 2:37 a.m. At the scene they discovered the body of Canegata in the driver’s seat of a car. A second man, who was bot identified vy police, was reportedly shot inside the club, according to police. He was treated at the Juan F. Luis Memorial Hospital.

STX – 12
Territory – 18
Date of death – June 30
The 911 call center received a report of gunshots in Frangiapani at 9:21 p.m. Officers arriving st the scene found an unresponsive male lying on the ground in the vicinity of the Frangiapani Little Fountain area. Medical attendants were unable to find any vital signs on the victim, the police said. 30-year-old Tahmal Brinkley had succumbed to injuries sustained from multiple gunshot wounds to the body. He was identified by next of kin.

STX – 13
Territory – 19
Date of death – July 6
24-year-old La’Quan Hill was shot and killed in Campo Rico. According to the V.I. POlice Department, the 911 call center received a report at 7:54 p.m. from residents of the Campo Rico area reporting the discharge of shots. Officers responded to the scene and discovered a black male, later identified as Hill, in the vicinity of the basketball court at Campo Rico. He had sustained multiple gunshot wounds to body and died of his wounds.

STX: 14
Territory: 20
Date of death: Body discovered July 16
The body of an unidentified male was found Monday in a burned out vehicle in the Hamm’s Bluff area of St. Croix. The 911 center received a call at around 10:13 a.m. June 26 reporting a suspicious burned vehicle in the Hamms Bluff area. Officers responded and discovered a burned vehicle with a body inside. Based on the identification of the vehicle the owner for the vehicle was contacted. She told officers her son had been driving her car and had not been seen since July 14. Identification of the body is pending DNA testing and autopsy results.

STX: 15
Territory: 21
Date of death: July 20
At 12:59 p.m. Friday, the 911 dispatcher received a call reporting reported a discharging of shots in Bethlehem Village Housing Community in Estate Profit. At the scene, VIPD officers found an unresponsive male victim with multiple gunshot wounds to the body. Medical attendants were unable to locate any vital signs on the victim, who was identified by next of kin as 28-year-old Akeem Herbert.

STT: 7
Territory: 22
Date of death: Aug. 26
Michael Quinn, 57, was killed in a shooting in the Peterborg area. According to the VIPD, at 6:25 p.m. Sunday, units from the Criminal Investigation Bureau along with units from the Mariel C. Newton Command traveled to Peterborg in reference to a discharging of shots. At the scene, units found a white male on the ground with what appeared to be a gunshot wound to his body. Emergency medical technicians on scene concluded that the male, later identified as Quinn, did not have any vital signs.

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