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Police Say Devon Freeman Sr. Found Dead Near Tutu High Rise, But Won’t Say What Killed Him


CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Police said that a 42-year-old St. Thomas man was found “down” and dead early Monday morning, but did not indicate how he died.

On June 20, 2016 at approximately 5:44 a.m., the 911 Emergency Call Center received a report of a man down in the area of Tutu High Rise Complex, the Virgin Islands Police Department (VIPD) said.

Police discovered an unresponsive black male who was later positively identified by his next of kin as being Devon Freeman Sr. of Tutu High Rise.

Freeman was pronounced dead on the scene by responding Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs).

Police spokesman Glen Dratte on Tuesday told the Virgin Islands Free Press that Freeman had died of gunshot wounds and that the case is considered a homicide.

The case is currently under active investigation by the Homicide Task Force.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact the Task Force at (340) 774-2211 extensions 5617 and 5554.

They can also call 911, Crime Stoppers VI, the Commissioner’s Office at (340)715-5506 and the Chief’s Office at (340)715-5548.

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John McCarthy is primarily known for his investigative reporting on the U.S. Virgin Islands. A series of reports beginning in the 1990's revealed that there was everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling. Another report, following Hurricane Hugo in 1989, cited a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) confidential overview that said that over 50 percent of the U.S. Virgin Islands public lives below the poverty line. The Virgin Islands Free Press is the only Caribbean news source to regularly incorporate the findings of U.S. Freedom of Information Act requests. John's articles have appeared in the BVI Beacon, St. Croix Avis, San Juan Star and Virgin Islands Daily News. He is the former news director of WSVI-TV Channel 8 on St. Croix.

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