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CRIMESTOPPERS: Police Ask For Help Solving Cold Case Murders

FREDERIKSTED — The Virgin Islands Police Department is asking the public to re-examine the events that led to two people being murdered earlier this year.

If anyone has any information about the two murders, one that happened earlier this year and one from 2013, please contact the VIPD or Crimestoppers.

On St. Croix, at approximately 2:28 pm on November 18, 2013 police were dispatched to the Frederiksted beach area vicinity of Target Wall. Upon arrival, police observed an unresponsive black male lying on the sand behind a black pickup truck. The victim sustained a single gunshot wound to the head. The victim was identified as 42 year old David Francois, who succumbed to his injury. Police are asking for your assistance in seeking any information that can assist in solving this case.

On January 28, 2016 at about 10:24 pm on St. Thomas, police were dispatched to the area of Wintberg in reference to a gunshot victim. The victim died at the scene and was identified as Carlos Lebron Lopez 39 years of Puerto Rico. Police are asking for your assistance in seeking any information that can assist in solving this case.

Please contact Crime Stoppers USVI at 1-800-222-(TIPS) 8477, or visit, or download the free P3Tips app on your mobile device. Earn rewards up to $2,500.00 if your information leads to an arrest or recovery of property. All tips remain anonymous.

Carlos Lebron Lopez

    Carlos Lebron Lopez of Puerto Rico

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John McCarthy

John McCarthy

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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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 40 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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