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VIPD: Taheem ‘Debo’ Samuel Shot To Death At St. Croix Mutual Homes Last Night

FREDERIKSTED — A 20-year-old St. Croix man was shot multiple times and died at St. Croix Mutual Homes in Grove Place last night, authorities said.

Taheem “Debo” Samuel of Grove Place was positively identified as the murder victim, the Virgin Islands Police Department said.

The 911 Emergency Call Center first received a report of shots fired in St. Croix Mutual Homes in Grove Place and a man down about 7:43 p.m. Saturday, according to the VIPD.

“His body was found outside of Building 33,” VIPD spokesman Glen Dratte said. “Detectives canvassed the area in an attempt to locate possible witnesses with negative results. Samuel sustained multiple gun shot wounds to his body. He was identified by a family member.” 

St. Croix Mutual Homes in Grove Place.

No motive has been established for the shooting.

The Criminal Investigation Bureau (CIB) is asking anyone with information about this crime to please contact the Virgin Islands Police Department at (340) 778-2211 or the Criminal Investigation Bureau at (340) 712-6024.

You can also contact the paying anonymous tip line Crimestoppers USVI at 1 (800) 222-8477 or 911.

This shooting death is currently under active investigation by the CIB.

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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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