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Garden Street Community To Hold Walk In Memory Of Slain Jamal Jacobs: USAO

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — United States Attorney, Gretchen C.F. Shappert announced today that members of the Virgin Islands Police Department Crime Prevention Bureau, the U.S. Virgin Islands Project Safe Neighborhood initiative, and Community leaders, together with representatives from the neighborhood, will be meeting at Bred Gade and Garden Street on Friday, April 9th at 6:30 p.m. to walk the neighborhood and hear concerns from community residents.

Participants will be asked to wear masks and practice social distancing.

Shappert noted that the historic Garden Street community has experienced tragic, gun-related violence.

“We all remember that on May 8th of last year, a Friday morning, residents of the Garden Street community heard repeated gunshots at around 8:30 a.m. Moments later, 39-year-old Jamal Jacobs was found lying face down on the road. His tragic death was the 10th homicide of the year on St. Thomas,” Shappert said. “This senseless act of violence
profoundly impacted the community.”

For more information about the Garden Street walk, please contact: 340-244-6539.

Project Safe Neighborhoods

Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) is a nationwide Department of Justice initiative to reduce gun crime in America through strategic partnerships between federal, local, and community stakeholders. PSN targets gun crime and gun-related violence, while supporting violence reduction strategies and the coordination of community-based partnerships. The goal is to create safer neighborhoods by reducing gun violence and fostering public safety.

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