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With the world still in the thralls of the COVID-19 pandemic, and people tucked away in their homes and many children barred from classrooms, crime appears to have flourished in the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. said the V.I. looks toward the next year with renewed hope brought on by increasing tax revenues, new economic development projects and growth in the marine, tech and agriculture industries.
A 19-year-old Crucian was shot and killed Saturday, the second homicide in the territory in the first two days of the year, the V.I. Police Department reported.
A man was shot and killed late on New Year's Day in Cruz Bay, marking the first homicide in the territory on the first day of the new year. Police said the victim was identified as 28-year-old Lessroy Gumbs.
A 25-year-old St. Croix man was shot to death Sunday evening at the Fish Market in Frederiksted, the V.I. Police Department reported. The victim was identified as Jahmandi Simon.
One man was killed and another injured early Monday when shots were fired near Estate Whim on St. Croix, the V.I. Police Department reported.
The U.S. Department of Justice executed Shakib Wali, formerly Orlando Cordia Hall, late Thursday night, shortly after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled his killing could proceed.
One man was killed and two others treated for gunshot injuries after shots were fired on Wednesday in Estate Enighed on St. John, the V.I. Police Department reported. The victim was identified by next of kin as 20-year-old A’Jahnie Bramble.
Two men driving a dark maroon SUV reportedly shot and killed a man at a residence in Estate Catherine's Hope in Christiansted, according to the V.I. Police Department.
One man was killed and four others injured in an early morning shooting Saturday at the Four Winds Plaza shopping center on St. Thomas, the V.I. Police Department reported. The victim was identified by next of kin as 29-year-old Joseph Andrews.