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4th Of July Fireworks Begin Early In Smithfield-Two Brothers … Man Shot Dead This Morning

FREDERIKSTED — A 23-year-old St. Croix man died after sustaining multiple gunshot wounds to the body near Smithfield-Two Brothers this morning, authorities said.

Nathaniel Heywood of the Walter I.M. Hodge Pavilion was identified by next of kin as the victim, the Virgin Islands Police Department said.

The 911 Emergency Call Center received reports of shots being fired in the Smithfield/Two Brothers area, just east of Walter I. M. Hodge Pavilion about 11:48 a.m. today, according to the VIPD.

“Officers traveled to the scene and discovered an adult black male who sustained multiple gunshot wounds about his body,” VIPD spokesman Toby Derima said.

Emergency Medical Technicians on the scene made a check of the victim and concluded that he had no vital signs, according to Derima.

It was the 26th homicide in the territory so far this year.

Police continue to actively investigate this case and are seeking tips from the community to help solve it.

If you know something about this incident, please say something to police by calling 911, the Crime Tip Line at (340) 778-4950, or anonymously to Crime Stoppers USVI at (800) 222-TIPS (8477).

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John McCarthy

John McCarthy

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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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