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St. Croix’s Raymond Melendez, 46, Shot Dead While Riding His Bike At Night In Williams Delight

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FREDERIKSTED — A man was shot dead while riding his bicycle in Estate Williams Delight on Sunday night, according to police sources.

Raymond Melendez, 46, was shot to death by one or more assailants while riding his bike at night.

A call was placed to the 911 Emergency Call Center at 11:26 p.m. Sunday, in connection to the discharging of shots in the Williams Delight residential neighborhood.

When police arrived on the scene, they discovered a responsive Hispanic male lying on the ground, with what appeared to be multiple gunshot wounds about his body.

Melendez was rushed to the Juan F. Luis Hospital for emergency treatment, but he succumbed to his injuries there.

No word as yet if the Virgin Islands Police Department (VIPD) is looking into the nighttime murder.


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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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