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Three Women Shot in Two Attacks, One Pregnant, One Killed

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A 20-year-old woman was shot to death on St. Thomas Easter weekend. Her friend and another pregnant gunshot victim survived. (Shutterstock image)

Three women were shot, one fatally, in two separate attacks on St. Thomas over Easter weekend, police said.

Around 4 a.m. Saturday, police received reports of gunfire around Curacao Gade, near Market Square. A short time later, two gunshot victims arrived at Schneider Regional Medical Center. One of the women sustained a non-threatening gunshot injury. The other, 20-year-old Amisha Alexander Foy, died from her injuries.

Police were searching for the perpetrator.

Foy had been the subject of a missing child report on St. Croix in November 2020. The then 16-year-old from Barren Spot was said to be a tall, thin Black girl who frequented William’s Delight, Upper Love, Castle Burke, and Walter I.M. Hodge Pavilion.

Foy’s death was the territory’s seventh homicide of 2024 and the fifth on St. Thomas, according to the Source Homicide List.*

On Friday, around 10:30 p.m., a pregnant woman was shot in the arm on Kronprindsens Gade, police said.

According to court records, the victim was talking with a neighbor when Ricardo M. Rhymer, a former romantic partner, approached and asked, “Are you working tonight?” Rhymer stormed away when informed the women were not working, only to return later and fire shots, police said. One bullet went through the victim’s right shoulder and out her upper back. She was rushed to the hospital by ambulance, where doctors confirmed she was five months pregnant.

In 2021, the victim and Rhymer had assaulted each other with knives “but had since reconciled prior to this incident,” according to court records.

Rhymer, who police said had fled the crime scene, was soon found at his Ulke Gade residence, allegedly in possession of two firearms. He was charged with assault, using an unlicensed firearm during a crime of violence, reckless endangerment, and illegally discharging a firearm.

*The Source Homicide List is a chronological log of the homicides recorded in 2024 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 discrepancy in the number of incidents reported.

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