Homicides 2020

A chronological log of the homicides recorded in 2020 in the U.S. Virgin Islands, as reported by the VIPD. Cases are broken down by island. While this listing is based on VIPD reports, the Source does not include suicides or vehicular homicides in its listing which the police and some other media do. This can lead to a variance in the number of incidents reported.

STX – 1
Territory – 1
Date of death – Jan. 11
34-year-old Ray Thomas was shot and killed at about 2:38 a.m. in his Estate Sion Hills home. The 911 call center received a report of shots fired at a residence in Estate Sion Farm. Officers traveled to the location and found the body of an unresponsive male who sustained multiple gunshot wounds. He was later identified as Thomas. At 6:23 p.m. the same day, police arrested Malik Iles, age 20 of Barren Spot, and charged him with first-degree murder/domestic violence.

STT – 1
Territory – 2
Date of death – Jan. 17
Ferdinand N. Marshall, 46 years old died of wounds received during a shooting in the Contant area. According to the report from the VIPD, at about 7:22 p.m. Friday police were notified about a shooting in Contant. Officers arrived at the scene and observed an unresponsive black male lying face up. Emergency Medical Technicians arrived on the scene and pronounced the victim dead.

STX – 2
Territory – 3
Date of death Jan. 18
The VIPD confirmed that at approximately 12:11 p.m. Saturday, the 911 call center received a report of a gunshot victim in the vicinity of Thomas Bakery in Castle Coakley. The victim was transported via ambulance to the Juan F. Luis Hospital & Medical Center, where he succumbed to his injuries. He was identified by police as 22-year-old Gyasi Chiverton.

STJ – 1
Territory – 4
Date of death – Feb. 4
At about 9:15 p.m. police were dispatched to the area of the Pine Peace basketball court in reference to a gunshot victim. Officers found an unresponsive black male slouched over in the driver’s seat of a dark-colored vehicle. The male had sustained gunshots about his body. The victim was identified as 32-year-old Jahlil Ward.

STT – 2, 3
Territory – 5, 6
Date of death – Feb. 16
Police were called to the vicinity of Oswald Harris Court on St. Thomas where they found the bodies of 23-year-old Carlos Ingles and 25-year-old Endry Montero Bacili. The two men were found in a car and appeared to have sustained multiple gunshot wounds about their bodies. Emergency medical technicians on the scene concluded that the men did not have any vital signs.

STT – 4
Territory – 7
Date of death – Feb. 19
Mikal Dore, 25, was found dead Wednesday morning in Estate Thomas. At about 12:25 a.m. the 911 emergency call center received a call from a concerned citizen of shots fired in Estate Thomas. Officers traveled to the area and found an unresponsive black male, later identified as Dore, sitting in the driver’s seat of a vehicle with what appeared to be multiple gunshot wounds about his body.

STX – 3
Territory – 8
Date of death – Feb. 29
The body of 28-year-old 28-year-old Jahkim E. Santiago was found floating in the water at Good Hope Beach Saturday morning. The body appeared to have suffered multiple gunshot wounds. The victim was identified by next of kin. According to the police report, at about 9:15 a.m. Saturday the 911 emergency call center was notified of a body floating in the water at Good Hope Beach. Officers responded and found a lifeless male in the water. When the body was retrieved from the water, detectives found that the male had suffered multiple gunshot wounds.

St. Croix – 4, 5
Territory – 9, 10
Date of death – March 20
At 9:04 p.m. Friday the 911 emergency call center received reports of two individuals in the bush area of the Old Cockpit in Estate Glynn. Callers said the bodies appeared to be covered in blood. The victims were identified by next of kin as 29-year-old Malik Graham and 23-year-old Malcolm Francis. Officers arrived and found a male victim with no vital signs and another male victim with signs of life. The victim with signs of life was transported via ambulance to the Juan F. Luis Hospital where he later succumbed to his injuries. Both men suffered gunshot wounds about the body.

STX – 6
Territory – 11
Date of death – March 29
Luis Perez, a 23-year-old resident of Castle Burke on St. Croix, died of gunshot wounds in Estate Barren Spot on St. Croix. According to the VIPD, at about 7:45 p.m. Sunday, the 911 emergency call center was notified of shots fired in Estate Barren Spot. Arriving at the scene, the officers discovered a vehicle in the roadway. The driver of the vehicle, later identified as Perez, had gunshot wounds about the body. He was transported to the Gov. Juan F. Luis Memorial Hospital for treatment, and later succumbed to his injuries.

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