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Homicides 2021

A chronological log of the homicides recorded in 2021 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 that the police and some other media do. This can lead to a discrepancy in the number of incidents reported.

STJ – 1
Territory – 1
Date of death – Jan. 1
At 11:42 p.m. the 911 emergency call center received a report of shots fired in Cruz Bay in the vicinity of Pine Peace. Officers traveled to the location and found an unresponsive Black male who had sustained multiple gunshot wounds. Emergency medical technicians on the scene concluded that the victim had no vital signs. The victim was identified by family members as 28-year-old Lessroy Gumbs.

STX – 1
Territory – 2
Date of death – Jan. 12
At about 7:05 a.m. the 911 emergency call center received a report of shots fired in Gallows Bay. Officers traveled to the area and found a Hispanic male with multiple gunshot wounds on the ground in the parking lot between two businesses. Emergency medical technicians on the scene checked the victim and concluded that he did not have any vital signs. Family members identified the victim as 23-year-old Michael Cruz of Sion Farm.

STX – 2
Territory – 3
Date – Feb. 26
At 9:57 a.m. the 911 emergency call center was notified of shots fired and a man down on Main Street in Williams Delight. Officers arriving at the scene discovered a Black male with a gunshot wound to the head, and an older model SUV with multiple bullet holes. The male victim, later identified as 30-year-old Kevin Jerome, was transported to the Gov. Juan F. Luis Memorial Hospital, where he later died of his injuries.

STX – 3
Territory – 4
Date of Death – Feb. 27
At about 10:08 p.m. the 911 emergency call center received a report regarding the discovery of an unresponsive female gunshot victim at a residence in Estate La Grange. The victim, who expired at the scene, was identified by relatives as 66-year-old Elsi Ruiz. The incident appears to be a home invasion that turned deadly, the police said.

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STX – 4
Territory – 5
Date of death– Feb. 27
At around 11:43 p.m. the emergency call center received a report of shots fired and a man down at the Corner Pocket Grillhouse and Nightclub in Estate La Reine. The initial investigation revealed a verbal dispute at the establishment escalated when one of the men brandished a firearm and a shootout ensued between him and a group of men. Six individuals were wounded by the gunfire, with one man dying of his injuries at the Gov. Juan F. Luis Hospital. The victim was identified as Dujuan Tyson, age 23. One other gunshot victim was listed in critical condition Sunday afternoon, while the remaining four victims received injuries that were not considered life-threatening.

STX – 5,6
Territory – 6,7
Date of death – Feb. 28
At roughly 12:21 a.m. Sunday an incident of shots fired was reported with multiple victims at the Ann E. Heyliger Vegetable Market in downtown Frederiksted. Officers arrived at the location and found an unresponsive Hispanic male with gunshot wounds on the ground. Officers learned three other gunshot victims were transported to the hospital via private vehicles. The victim at the scene, who had no vital signs, was identified as Johnny Martinez, age 49. Another victim, identified as David Clouden, age 47, died at the hospital. The remaining two victims received non-life-threatening injuries.

STX – 7
Territory – 8
Date of death – March 2
At 11:17 a.m. Tuesday, March 2, the 911 emergency call center received a report from an adult male, later identified as 38-year-old Ian Benjamin Sr., who said he been shot at his residence in Estate Carlton. The victim was transported via ambulance to the Gov. Juan F. Luis Hospital, where he succumbed to his injury.

STX – 8
Territory – 9
Date of death – March 2
At approximately 9 p.m., the 911 Emergency Call Center received a call of shots fired and a man down in the Mutual Homes housing community, in the vicinity of Building 41. Officers traveled to the area and found an unresponsive Black male with multiple gunshot wounds. Emergency medical technicians on the scene made a check of the victim and found no vital signs. The victim was identified as Euette A. Brown, age 34.

STX 9
Territory – 10
Date of death – March 6
Kadeem Baptiste, 26, was one of six people shot on Feb. 27 at the Corner Pocket. At around 11:43 p.m. Feb. 27 the 911 emergency call center received a report of shots fired and a man down at the Corner Pocket Grillhouse and Nightclub in Estate La Reine. The initial investigation revealed a verbal dispute at the establishment escalated when one of the men brandished a firearm and a shootout ensued. Six individuals were wounded by the gunfire, with one man dying of his injuries at the hospital. That victim was identified as Du’Juan Tyson, 23. Baptise was listed in critical condition Sunday afternoon, while the remaining four victims received injuries that were not considered life-threatening.

STT – 1
Territory – 11
Date of death – March 9
At 4:51 a.m. the 911 emergency call center received a report of a man down in Estate Dorothea, in the vicinity of the dumpsters. Officers traveled to the area and found an unresponsive Black male identified as Bill John-Baptiste, with multiple gunshot wounds. Emergency Medical Technicians on the scene made a check of the victim and found no signs of life.

STT – 2
Territory – 12
Date of death – March 9
At 7:58 p.m. the 911 emergency dispatch center received a report of shots fired in the area of the First Stop gas station and Oswald Harris Court. Officers arriving at the scene found a male lying on the ground. The victim, later identified as 35-year-old Akeem Dore, was unresponsive. He expired at the scene a short time later.

STX – 10
Territory – 13
Date of death – April 2
Officers responding to a phone report of shots fired discovered 22-year-old Wayne A. Jerome in a field near Lew Muckle Elemenary School in Sion Farm. Jerome was transported by ambulance hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries.

STX – 11
Territory – 14
Date of death – April 3
Deron Dixon, a 35-year-old resident of Estate Little Princess told police that as he left his residence headed to work at approximately 5 a.m. on April 1 he heard gunfire and realized he had been injured. He said he observed a white vehicle leaving the area, but did not know who shot him. Dixon sustained multiple gunshot wounds about his body, and was transported to JFL for treatment. He died two days later at around 11 p.m.

STX – 12
Territory – 15
Date of death – April 10
At approximately 11:30 p.m. the 911 emergency call center received a report of a man down in the vicinity of the Galloway Building, located in Estate Diamond, at the eastern end of the Melvin Evans Highway. The victim, who received multiple gunshot wounds to his upper body, was transported to the Gov. Juan F. Luis Hospital via private vehicle. The victim, who was identified by his next of kin as Denver Charlery, age 34 of Mount Pleasant, was pronounced dead on arrival at the hospital.

STX – 13, 14
Territory – 16, 17
Date of death – April 19
At around 7:46 p.m. the 911 emergency system reported calls about multiple shots fired in the Aureo Diaz Housing Community. Police arriving on the scene shortly thereafter found four injured, among them an 11-year-old girl at the playground. Both the minor and another shooting victim will survive, Police Commissioner Trevor Velinor said. Michael Ramos, 33, and Juan Velasquez later died at Gov. Juan F. Luis Hospital, where they had been transported. St. Croix Chief of Police Sidney Elskoe said the shootout appears to have stemmed from an argument but would not specify what kind of guns were found at the scene, nor exactly how many weapons were recovered.

STX – 15
Territory – 18
Date of death – April 19
At approximately 9:30 p.m. authorities responded to a report of a shooting near the Cash & Carry in Estate La Reine. At the scene, St. Croix resident Jovel Newton was found dead.

STX – 16
Territory – 19
Date of death – April 29
At about 4:42 p.m. the 911 emergency call center received a report of a deceased male in the Campo Rico area. Officers traveled to the area and found an unresponsive male victim later identified as 23-year-old Cesario Carmona Cadiz Jr. with gunshot wounds. It was confirmed the victim had no vital signs.

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