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Barren Spot Man Gunned Down ‘By His Best Friend’ Late Wednesday Night

CHRISTIANSTED — A 23-year-old St. Croix man was shot to death late Wednesday night by a close friend, police sources and social media said.

Khamir Powell of Barren Spot was found dead by police sometime after 10:54 p.m. on Wednesday, the Virgin Islands Police Department said.

Khamir Powell, 23, of Barren Spot on Facebook.

The 911 Emergency Call Center dispatched police to Estate Barren Spot for a report of “discharging of shots.”

Upon the officers arrival at the location, they discovered an unresponsive black male and multiple spent casings on the asphalt surrounding a vehicle and the body on the side of the roadway.  

“The victim 23-year- old Khamir Powell of Barren Spot, sustained multiple shots to the body and succumbed to his injuries,” VIPD spokesman Glen Dratte said. “He was identified by family members.”

The investigation into the latest fatal shooting on St. Croix “is ongoing,” according to Dratte.

The Criminal Investigation Bureau needs the community’s continued support, the VIPD said. Please call Crime Stoppers USVI 1-800-222-8477, CIB at 340-778-2211 or 911

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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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