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Two Brothers Smoking Marijuana Early Today … One Brother Is Shot In Head

FREDERIKSTED — A heated argument between family members left one St. Croix man dead this morning in Estate Whim.

Allan Joseph, 30, was discovered in his vehicle with a gunshot wound to the upper body sometime after 7:58 a.m., the Virgin Islands Police Department said.

The family told police that they heard a single shot and shortly after discovered Allan bleeding from the head, according to the VIPD.

“Jamal Joseph was disarmed and the weapon secured,” VIPD spokesman Glen Dratte said. “Preliminary Investigation revealed that both brothers were outside smoking marijuana alone while the other family members were inside the home.”

Jamal Joseph, 24, was arrested and charged with first-degree murder and he was remanded at the Golden Grove Detention Center pending an advice-of-rights hearing on Monday, according to Dratte.

EMTs and medical attendants traveled to the crime scene and were unable to detect vital signs on Allan Joseph.

The medical examiner’s office transported the dead man to the Juan F. Luis Hospital morgue. 

The 911 Emergency Call Center dispatched police to a shooting in Estate Whim about 7:58 a.m. 

It is the fourth homicide of the year for the territory. All of the murders have happened in St. Croix.

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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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


    January 13, 2019 at 12:48 PM — Reply

    What does smoking marijuana have to do with the fact that one brother is dead .YOU ARE JUST LIKE THE IDIOTS THAT REPORT ALL THE IRRELEVANT INFORMATION JUST TO MAKE THE STORY SOUND GOOD.Come on guy you should be able to do a better story and that sucks

    • January 13, 2019 at 2:46 PM — Reply

      This is a direct quote from the Virgin Islands Police Department: “Preliminary Investigation revealed that both brothers were outside smoking marijuana alone while the other family members were inside the home.” We have updated the article accordingly.

  2. NewIslander
    January 14, 2019 at 10:22 AM — Reply

    In the context of this story, I think a more valid link between marijuana use and human behavior might include increased urge for munchies, laughing and fewer aches and pains. Just sayin’.

  3. BLMiller
    January 15, 2019 at 6:13 PM — Reply

    Are VI drivers license personal information to be used for public publication?

  4. Jasmine B
    January 16, 2019 at 11:00 PM — Reply

    This report is a damn lie. What agruement are you talking about? If I was his parents, I would sue yall for telling “stories”. Smfh

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