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Barren Spot Man Charged With Murder In Shooting Death Of Ray Thomas: VIPD

CHRISTIANSTED — A St. Croix man has been charged in the shooting death of a man in Sion Farm early Saturday morning, authorities said.

Malik Isles, 20, of Barren Spot was arrested about 6:23 p.m. Saturday and was charged with first-degree murder-domestic violence, the Virgin Islands Police Department said.

The 911 Emergency Call Center received a report about 2:38 a.m. Saturday of shots fired at a residence in Estate Sion Farm, according to the VIPD.

“Officers traveled to the location and found the body of an unresponsive male who sustained multiple gunshot wounds,” VIPD spokesman Toby Derima said. “The male individual, who died at the scene, was identified as 34-year-old Ray Thomas who was the resident at the location.”

“The VIPD would like to thank the public for its cooperation in the timely arrest in this case,” Derima said.

The VIPD said it continues to encourage anyone with information on crimes to call 911, the Crime Tip Line at (340) 778-4950, or the paying anonymous tip line Crime Stoppers USVI at 1(800) 222-8477.

Thomas’ death was the first recorded murder of 2020 in the territory.

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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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