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St. Thomas Man Arrested For Stabbing In 2009 Found Shot To Death Over Labor Day Weekend

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SHOT MULTIPLE TIMES: Jamal Meade

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Two men were found dead on St. Thomas over the weekend — one had been shot to death multiple times and found near a bus stop by VITEMA, according to the Virgin Islands Police Department (VIPD).

On September 3, 2016 at approximately 7:27 pm, the 911 Emergency Call Center received a call of shots fired in the area of the bus stop across from their location, VIPD spokeswoman Sakeeda Freeman said.

Responding officers arrived to the scene and made contact with an unidentified black male who was later positively identified as 26-year-old Jamal Meade of Estate Fortuna.

Preliminary investigation revealed that there was another victim who had been shot multiple times about his body; he was then transported by a private vehicle to the Roy Lester Schneider Regional Medical Center for treatment after being shot.

Meade succumbed to his injuries at the scene of the incident and was pronounced deceased by the responding Emergency Medical Technicians.

On Nov. 25, 2009 Meade was arrested by the VIPD on charges of first-degree assault after he stabbed someone in the upper abdomen.

The second victim in the weekend incident is still receiving treatment for his injuries at the Roy Lester Schneider Hospital, police said.

A source who spoke to the Virgin Islands Free Press on condition of anonymity said that Meade went by the alias “Billy Love” on social media like Facebook.

On his Facebook profile, Love/Meade says that he went to Charlotte Amalie High School in St. Thomas.

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

Any persons having information regarding this incident or any crime may contact the Task Force at (340) 714-9823 and (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.

Meanwhile, On Sunday September 4, 2016, at 8:14am 911 call centers received a call reporting a suspicious parked car in Estate Hogansberg. Officers arrived on the scene and observed a black man in the vehicle unresponsive.

The victim, 36-year-old Romig Francis, was pronounced dead at the scene and was transported to the morgue by the hospital attendants.

VIPD spokesman Glen Dratte did not immediately respond to a question about whether foul play was involved in Francis’ death.

The case is currently under active investigation by The Criminal Investigations Bureau. If you have any information on this incident please call, the Criminal Investigation Bureau at (340) 712 -6092 the Chief’s Office at (340) 712-6004 Crimestoppers VI 1-800-222-TIPS or 911.

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A TALE OF TWO NAMES: Jamal Meade aka “Billy Love of BMX.”

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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.

4 Comments

  1. Carishma
    September 6, 2016 at 12:04 PM — Reply

    Why would use a pic of someone that has nothing to do with the article?

    • JAY
      September 7, 2016 at 11:13 AM — Reply

      EXACTLY!! SET OF STUPID PEOPLE.!! VICONSORTIUM AND NOW THIS BULLSHIT ASS WANNA BE REPORTER. I DONT EVEN KNOW WHY PEOPLE SHARE THEIR SHIT!! WANT TO REPORT NEW AND 10 TIMES OUT OF FUCKING 10 THEY REPORTING BULLSHIT!! VIFREEPRESS AND VICONSORTIUM AINT GOING MAKE IT TOO FAR IN THIS BUSINESS!! CANT WAIT FOR YALL TO FAIL AND BE SHUT THE FUCK DOWN!!

  2. Ayo Dumb Or Some Fuck
    September 6, 2016 at 3:30 PM — Reply

    When Yuh Like To Look Up Ppl On FB…Smh!!!!! Y’all Need To Be Shut Down!!!!! Set Ah Skunts Ayo Is!!!

  3. Mone
    September 6, 2016 at 4:22 PM — Reply

    Of the many photos of him these are what you choose. Yes you’ve accomplished painting your picture. prejudice fool. Smh

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