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VIPD: Carlos ‘Choco’ Diaz Shot To Death Outside La Grande Princesse Bar Today

CHRISTIANSTED — A 37-year-old St. Croix man wanted for questioning in an animal cruelty case was gunned down in a La Grande Princesse bar early this morning, authorities said.

Carlos Enrique “Choco” Diaz of Sally’s Fancy was shot to death outside of Anna’s Bar sometime before 3:30 a.m. today, the Virgin Islands Police Department said.

“The victim sustained multiple gunshot wounds to the upper torso and was transported to the Juan F. Luis Hospital in a private vehicle where he succumbed to his injuries,” VIPD spokesman Glen Dratte said.

Diaz was identified by his next of kin, according to Dratte.

Police had asked for help from the public to find Diaz on June 3 because he was wanted for questioning in an animal abuse case.

This homicide is under active investigation by the VIPD.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Criminal Investigation Bureau’s Major Crime Unit at (340) 712-6033 or (340) 712-6041, the anonymous tip line Crimestoppers USVI 1-800-222-8477 or 911.

There have been 18 homicides in the territory to date; 10 on St. Croix and eight on St. Thomas.

Anna’s Bar in La Grande Princesse, St. Croix.

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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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

1 Comment

  1. Mark Luebke
    June 16, 2019 at 10:06 AM — Reply

    He was a very good friend and a good man I hope whoever did this rots in hell – Mark

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