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St. Croix Man Charged In Killing Of Brother Where Body Was Found In Sea: VIPD

FREDERIKSTED — A St. Croix man was arrested on Thursday for allegedly shooting and killing his brother last month and leaving his body to be found in the waters behind the now-shuttered Good Hope School.

Akil Santiago, 30, of Williams Delight, reportedly killed his younger brother Jahkim Santiago, 28, on February 29, the Virgin Islands Police Department said.

Santiago was arrested about 9:48 a.m. Thursday and charged with first-degree murder; first-degree assault-domestic violence and unauthorized possession of a firearm, according to the VIPD.

Akil Santiago was identified as the individual who shot and killed Jahkim Santiago, who was his brother, on February 29, VIPD spokesman Toby Derima said.

Jahkim Santiago’s body was found floating in the waters behind of the now closed Good Hope School in Frederiksted, Derima said.

Bail for Akil Santiago was set at $1,000,000. Unable to post bail, he was remanded to the custody of the Virgin Islands Bureau of Corrections pending an advice-of-rights hearing.

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John McCarthy

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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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