Oct. 28, 2002 – The 2002 homicide toll in the Virgin Islands continued to climb Monday with the discovery of a shooting victim on St. Thomas, the territory's 39th of the year.
The body of Khoy A. Smith, 23, was found in the bush near Building 3 of the Tutu High-Rise Apartments. Police were called to the scene around 10 a.m. Monday. Deputy Police Chief Theodore Carty said Smith had been shot once, "in the back, and it exited through the front."
The Police Department Major Crime Unit is investigating the killing, the 19th homicide of the year reported on St. Thomas and the fourth within six days territorywide.
St. Croix has recorded 20 homicides so far this year, including the most recent three, all men who were shot to death, on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday.
By late afternoon Monday, police officials indicated they had no suspects in the St. Thomas shooting but said they were receiving some cooperation from residents of the crime scene area.
The homicide figures through Oct. 28 for the previous three years were:
2001 – St. Thomas 10, Virgin Islands 20.
2000 – St. Thomas 8, Virgin Islands 14.
1999 – St. Thomas 11. Virgin Islands 18.
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