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The reward for information leading to arrests and convictions in a pair of U.S. Virgin Islands murders is up to as much as $70,000, according to the anonymous tip service, Crime Stoppers USVI.
The appointment of two local prosecutors to the V.I. Superior Court bench is the latest in a series of moves to stamp out gun violence in the territory, Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. announced during a news conference Monday.
The Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms is offering a $10,000 reward for information on Thursday's murders of 14-year-old Aaron Ashby and his cousin, 29-year-old Rique Ashby.
Coming on the heels of back-to-back incidents of gun violence on St. Croix, Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. said that a bill setting up a new Office of Gun Violence Prevention will use a community-based approach to policing local neighborhoods, while another bill will look at proactively treating behavioral health issues that can be linked to criminal activity.