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USVI records first 2021 homicide on New Year's Day

January 3rd, 2021 | Tags: USVI crime shooting homicide death police
USVIPD officers in Cruz Bay, St. John, where 28-year-old Lessroy Gumbs was shot and killed. Photo: USVIPD

CRUZ BAY, St John, USVI - The United States Virgin Islands (USVI) has recorded its first homicide for 2021 on Friday, January 1, 2021, representing the first shooting to a death in the territory for the new year.

According to USVIPD Public Information Officer Toby Derima, on Friday at 11:42 p.m., the 911 Emergency Call Center received a call of shots fired in Cruz Bay, in the vicinity of Pine Peace.

Officers travelled to the location and found an unresponsive Black male who sustained multiple gunshot wounds. Emergency Medical Technicians on the scene concluded that the victim had no vital signs.

The victim was identified by family members as 28-year-old Lessroy Gumbs, according to the news release.

The territory ended 2020 with 48 homicides.

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