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Second Victim of Vitraco Mall Homicide On Sunday Identified As St. Kitts Native

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Police officials have identified the second of two men who was killed Sunday night in a shooting in the parking lot of a St. Thomas shopping mall.

The Virgin Islands Police Department’s Criminal Investigation Bureau said Keris Kareem Phipps, 38, of St. Kitts and Nevis, was the second victim in the double homicide at the Vitraco Mall.

Phipps died after the 9:13 p.m. Sunday incident at the Schneider Regional Medical Center, according to the VIPD.

He was identified by next of kin, VIPD spokesman Toby Derima said.

Marc J. Thomas, 38, was pronounced dead at the scene in the parking lot of the mall, according to Derima.

Detectives continue to urge anyone with information about this homicide to call 911, the Criminal Investigation Bureau at (340) 714-9804, or Crime Stoppers USVI at (800) 222-TIPS.

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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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