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Little La Grange Man Was Killed Tuesday, Neighbors Waited Two Days To Call Police

FREDERIKSTED — A St. Croix man who was found dead Tuesday in his own home with bullet wounds was murdered, authorities said.

Joseph Mark Graffis, 67, of Little La Grange, was discovered by police on Thursday after neighbors said they had not seen him since hearing shots being fired on November 6.

Graffis was found with what appeared to be gunshot wounds to his torso, the Virgin Islands Police Department said.

CONCERNED NEIGHBORS FOUND MURDERED THURSDAY AFTER LITTLE LA GRANGE RESIDENTS HEARD GUNSHOTS ON TUESDAY: MARK GRAFFIS, 67

Police redacted Graffis’ name on Thursday until next of kin could be notified of his death.

He was previously identified as being “a Caucasian man” in “La Grange,” not Little La Grange.

Police are asking anyone with any information to please contact the Criminal Investigation Bureau (CIB) at 340-778-2211, Crimestoppers USVI at 1-800-222-TIPS or 911.

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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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