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UPDATE - Slain Arab businessman laid to rest in Palestine

Ali M. Yanes was gunned down in front of his convenient store in St. Thomas, USVI on Sunday evening July 15, 2012 and was laid to rest today July 23, 2012 in his homeland of Palestine. Photo: Provided
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – The Arab businessman, Ali M. Yanes, who was gunned down in St. Thomas, United States Virgin Islands, on July 15, 2012, was laid to rest on Monday July 23, 2012 in his homeland, Ramallah, Palestine.

The body was released to the family late last week by the United States Virgin Islands (USVI) authorities. Many immediate family in the Arab community from the Virgin Islands and USVI travelled to Ramallah, Palestine to attend the funeral of the 33-year old former businessman.

Yanes, who operated a convenience store, Soto Town Mini Mart in Contant, St. Thomas, was shot multiple times sometime after 10 p.m. on July 15 in front of the store.

He was the cousin of local businessman Hazim Bazaar, of Hazim’s Shoe Store, who had travelled to St. Thomas with other relatives and family from the Virgin Islands Arab community following the tragic incident to give their support.

“The Arab community in the Virgin Islands is very saddened by the loss of their brother and the Arab community is in shock over his tragic death," Mr. Bazaar had commented on behalf of the community.

Many in St. Thomas had expressed their sadness over the loss of the young man who was said to have contributed greatly to the USVI community.

A resident of the community said in a report in the Virgin Islands Daily News that Yanes was a great guy and a community person and he never knew of him having problems with anyone at his store before.

According to a press release issued by the United States Virgin Islands Police Department, it stated that police were dispatched to shots fired and a report of a man down in Estate Contant in front of the Soto Town Mini Mart a few minutes before 10 p.m. Sunday, July 15.

The release stated that when Police arrived on the scene, Emergency Medical Technicians were attending to the victim. They later told officers the victim had multiple gunshot wounds and was unresponsive.

Major Crime detectives are actively working the case, according to the release.

The USVI Police are asking anyone with information regarding the crime to call St Thomas 1-340-714-9834 or 1-340-715-5522.

For those who wish to remain anonymous and perhaps collect a reward, they can call Crime Stoppers USVI at 1-800-222 TIPS.

18 Responses to “UPDATE - Slain Arab businessman laid to rest in Palestine”

  • New Yorker (18/07/2012, 07:38) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    RIP at 33-year-old this is so sad bye Ali M. Yanes....
    • asamad (18/07/2012, 18:25) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      i knew this young man and his family very well. i am very shocked yet very numbed by this tragedy as with all the violent crime sweeping through our local community for a very long time now. it seems that people only wake up to the nightmare once it touches close to home. if you want to make a difference and prevent this from becoming just another story and just another person that we sympathize for, then you must actively participate in pressuring your government to pursue an end to lenient punishment for these criminals. for too long now, we have been at the mercy of our elected officials, who seem to lead us into disaster. we are strong united and weak when divided, so do not become a sheep led to slaughter, become the shepherd and lead the sheep to safety. how many times have we read the paper and found out that these criminals are just slapped on the hand, and set free to wreak havoc on our community? is this the example to set forth to the up and coming criminals? give them hard time and misery as they give the families and friends of these victims.
  • don q (18/07/2012, 09:34) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Very sad it's a good thing I move back home from st thomas
    • very good job (23/07/2012, 23:58) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      for real and thanks for bringing this to us VINO i admire your range of news coverage
  • ice cream (18/07/2012, 09:52) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    why dem gun down the poor guy? St. thomas and crime just gone wild me fren
  • betty (18/07/2012, 14:16) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    You think it's fair for a young man to be just going about his business and be killed in cold blood for the things he worked’s just not fair
  • suggestion (18/07/2012, 23:18) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    all St. Thomas police has to do is put the killer back on the streets.... he will simply just disappear from wasting money on trial they do not have!
  • old glory (23/07/2012, 20:51) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    may your soul RIP Yanes
  • help us lord (23/07/2012, 23:25) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    so sad i cry for my Arab brother
  • in the journey of life (24/07/2012, 12:59) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    So sad a young man in his prime killed for no is unfair
  • mahde (24/07/2012, 17:16) Like (1) Dislike (2) Reply
    rest in peace cousin.
  • heven here i come (26/07/2012, 23:37) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    tears tears tears
  • will miss his smile:( (28/07/2012, 14:44) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    I was in my house when we heard the shots....everytime I pass by that store my eyes full of tears... and I ask why??????.. once again my deepest simpathy to the arab community.... I went in the store on Friday to get my daughter some cereal and he said your baby must eat a lot of cereal and I smile and said yes....that guy was such a sweetheart...I neve thought that would be the last time I would see....Good Lord why?
  • VI native (04/03/2015, 07:28) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    The arab community sold the most guns that are on the streets of st.thomas.
  • Unkown (19/05/2015, 17:12) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Wow so shocked i knew him very well
  • Me (23/05/2016, 19:59) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    U will be missed
  • Bob (23/12/2017, 21:03) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    We miss you

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