VING Wishes Condolences To Family, Friends Of Guard Member Killed On St. Croix By Gun Violence
FREDERIKSTED — The Virgin Islands National Guard said it “expresses our deepest sympathy and condolences to the family and friends of Sgt. Ian Benjamin, Sr., who passed away at the Juan F. Luis Hospital, March 2, 2021.”
Benjamin, 38, was assigned to the 610th Quartermaster Company, where he served as a water treatment specialist, VING said. He joined the local Guard in 2005, where he enlisted in the 630th Quartermaster Detachment on St. Croix.
Benjamin was also employed as a federal technician with the VING as a tools and parts attendant, according to VING.
“Today we lost one of our Soldiers, who wasn’t killed by wounds suffered in a theatre of war defending our nation abroad, but at home in a barrage of gunfire similar to that of war,” said Brig. Gen. Kodjo Knox-Limbacker, the adjutant general. “There are no words that will bring Sgt. Ian Benjamin back or any that truly consoles his family, friends, and comrades for his loss.”
“All of our heartfelt condoles and prayers for the family will not solve this type of problem in our community,” Knox-Limbacker said.
The VI Police Department Detectives urge anyone who saw something to say something by calling 911, the Crime Tip Line at (340) 778-4950, or anonymously to Crime Stoppers USVI at (800) 222-8477.