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VIPD: ‘No Foul Play, No Medical Issues’ In Raheem Thomas’ Death in Sion Farm

CHRISTIANSTED — A 26-year-old St. Croix man who was found dead today on the ground near an elementary school in Sion Farm died from natural causes.

That’s the word from the Virgin Islands Police Department about Raheem “Spare Ribs” Thomas of Sion Farm who was found dead early this morning.

Raheem “Spire Ribs” Thomas, 26, of Sion Farm. A friend of his posted this as a Facebook tribute to Thomas.

The 911 Emergency Call Center received a call about 6:22 a.m. today of “an unresponsive male individual” who was discovered on the ground in the vicinity of Lew Muckle Elementary School in Sion Farm, according to the VIPD.

“Preliminary investigation reveals no signs of foul play at this time and no record of medical issues,” VIPD spokesman Glen Dratte said.

This case remains under investigation pending an autopsy by the St. Croix Medical Examiner to determine the exact cause of death, according to Dratte.

The dead man was positively identified by next of kin as 26-year-old Raheem Thomas of Sion Farm, police said.

“Heart Of Gold?, Only A Few Would Understand R.I.P Spare Ribs,” Kadeem “DhatKid” Liburd said on Facebook tonight. “You’ll Never Be Forgotten Cuz.”

Lew Muckle Elementary School in Estate Sion Farm, 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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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 50 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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