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St. Croix Man Arrested After Gun Linked To Shooting Death of 9-Year-Old Boy: VIPD

KINGSHILL — A gun registered to a St. Croix man has been linked to the shooting death of a nine-year-old boy nearly two years ago, authorities said.

Jahmeel R. Williams, 39, of Barren Spot, was arrested Tuesday and charged with failure to safely store firearm and child abuse, the Virgin Islands Police Department said.

“Detectives — investigating the shooting death of 9-year-old Christino J. Gonzalez on November 11, 2019, in Croixvillie Apartments — determined that the firearm used was licensed to Williams, who failed to properly secure the firearm,” VIPD spokesman Toby Derima said.

Williams, whose bail was set at $75,000, appeared before a Superior Court Magistrate and released to a third-party custodian, pending his Advice of Rights hearing.

All individuals listed as arrested or charged with a crime in this report are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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