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St. Croix Man Shot Dead Near Holgar Danske Hotel On Tuesday Night: VIPD

CHRISTIANSTED — St. Croix notched its third homicide in five days when a 24-year-old man was shot multiple times and died near a discount hotel on King Cross Street late last night, authorities said.

Rashawn “Shadow” Wyre was positively identified by next of kin as being the murder victim, the Virgin Islands Police Department said.

Holgar Danske Hotel homicide scene on King Cross Street last night.

The 911 Emergency Call Center received a report of shots fired at the Holger Danske Hotel in downtown Christiansted at 10:22 p.m. Tuesday, according to the VIPD.

“On arrival, officers discovered a deceased Black male with multiple gunshot wounds,” VIPD spokesman Toby Derima said.

Rashawn Wyre on Facebook.

St. Croix Police Chief Sidney Elskoe denounced this latest shooting.

“It is disheartening to see another young life cut short by gun violence,” Chief Elskoe said. “We are appealing to the young men in our community to find alternate ways of resolving differences.”

He urged anyone with information on this homicide to contact police by calling 911, the Crime Tip Line at (340) 778-4950, or anonymously to Crime Stoppers USVI at (800) 222-TIPS, where you can get a reward for your tip.

Rashawn Wyre on Facebook.

Kaleem Ramsey, 26, of Grove Place was shot multiple times at Lorraine Village Apartments in Estate Plessen and died Friday afternoon.

Aaron “SavageJuice” Joseph, 27, was shot multiple times at H.H. Tire & Battery in Estate Pearl and died Friday morning.

On social media, Wyre said he attended Central High School in Estate Kingshill.

Meanwhile, friends and family expressed their grief on the Internet.

“Nooo mehn nooo, I can’t deal with this f–k fam,” K’Jahni Rivera said on Facebook. No mehn nooooooooooo. Wyre mehhnnnn. Noooo mehn.”

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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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