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Police Identify First Murder Victim As 39-Year-Old Lance Stapleton of St. Thomas

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — The Virgin Islands Police Department (VIPD) has identified the man who became the first person murdered in St Thomas in 2018.

Lance Stapleton, 39, was discovered dead with multiple gunshot wounds near Kirwan Terrace at 5:38 p.m. last Friday in Lindbergh Bay.

The VIPD withheld Stapleton’s name from the public until Thursday to notify next of kin.



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John McCarthy

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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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