Day of Remembrance pays tribute to victims of violent crimes


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ST. THOMAS — With more than 50 violent crime deaths so far this year, many Virgin Islanders have someone to remember and honor today, the National Day of Remembrance for murder victims.

Ceremonies at both Government House locations will allow the friends and families of victims to share their experiences, honor the memory of their loved ones and come together as a community.

The ceremonies will include poems and personal tributes by the survivors of those killed.

On St. Thomas, the event will begin at 10 a.m. at Government House. On St. Croix the ceremony will start at 6 p.m. at Government House. The events are open to the public.

Sept. 25 of each year is recognized as a National Day of Remembrance for murder victims. The annual observance was started by Parents of Mur­dered Children, which was formed by Robert and Charlotte Hullinger in 1978 after their daughter Lisa was killed on Sept. 25 of that year.

There have been 53 homicides in the territory in 2010, three of which were vehicular homicides.

Homicides this year in the Virgin Island

• Akeem Lee, 26, was fatally shot on Jan. 4 near Buddhoe Park under the balcony of the Human Services office on St. Croix.

• Shamir James, 22, was shot and killed Jan. 6 outside Chris’ Hideaway Bar near Five Corners on St. Croix.

• Elliot Hodge Jr., 30, was shot and killed in Kirwan Terrace on Jan. 16 on St. Thomas.

• Reynaldo Marin, 31, was stabbed to death during a domestic dispute in Candido Guadeloupe housing community on St. Croix on Jan. 17.

• Neal Sprauve Jr., 26, of St. John, was shot and killed while driving a vehicle in Savan, St. Thomas, on Jan. 24.

• Kareem George, 32, was found shot dead in the yard of a house near Splash and Dash in Estate Tutu on St. Thomas on Jan. 26.

• Gary Gonsalves, 21, was found shot to death in a vehicle Feb. 3 in Mutual Homes, St. Croix.

• Charlesworth Gonsalves Jr., a minor, was found shot to death in a vehicle Feb. 3 in Mutual Homes, St. Croix.

• Confesora Duarte, 35, was shot and killed Feb. 10 in a domestic violence murder-suicide in Hospital Ground, St. Thomas.

• Jibaro Nibbs, 31, was shot to death in his car near Winston Raymo Recreational Center on St. Thomas Feb. 15.

• Delano Dowe, 43, died Feb. 17 of his injuries after he had been shot in the leg near Ulke Gade, commonly known as Simmonds Alley, on St. Thomas on Feb. 16.

• Orlando Clarke, 20, died of multiple gunshot wounds Feb. 18 behind the Prosperity Service Station in Fredriksted, St. Croix.

• Kalelia Vanterpool, 25, was found with gunshot wounds in her Oswald Harris Court apartment on St. Thomas on Feb. 18.

• Herman Santos Jr., 43, was shot and killed in the Marley Homes housing community on St. Croix on Feb. 27.

• Javier Rivera, 20, was shot to death Feb. 28 as he was driving in Christiansted, St. Croix.

• Vincent Johnson, 41, was found shot to death in the area of Marley Homes on St. Croix March 5.

• Kevin James, 26, was shot and killed March 6 when someone opened fire on the vehicle he was traveling in in the Hospital Ground, St. Thomas area.

• Ernst Cadet, 37, was fatally wounded after a drive-by shooting near Dana Mart on Brookman Road, St. Thomas, on March 15.

• Dupert Knowles III, 17, was shot and killed at the Marley Apartments in Fredriksted, St. Croix, on March 16.

• Misael Morales, 22, was robbed and shot to death March 20 in Estate Castle Coakley, St. Croix.

• Wayne Bruce, 31, was found shot to death in the driver’s seat of a vehicle in Constitution Hill, St. Croix, on April 6.

• Dion Henry, 26, was killed in a shooting in Anna’s Fancy, St. Thomas, on April 9.

• Kailiah Bruno, 2 months, was found strangled to death on St. Thomas on April 18.

• Alorra Tutein, 19, who was five months pregnant, was shot and killed during a family disturbance on April 23 on St. Croix.

• Name unknown, unborn 5-month-old fetus, was shot and killed during a family disturbance on April 23 on St. Croix.

• Lorraine Joseph, 40, was shot and killed during a family disturbance on April 23 on St. Croix.

• Patrick Smith, 22, was found shot to death near the Paul M. Pearson basketball court on St. Thomas on April 25.

• Linton Gonzalez, 63, was killed by a vehicle May 2 while he was sitting on a guard rail along the Melvin Evans Highway on St. Croix.

• Vince David, 41, was shot and killed at the Frydenhoj ballpark on St. Thomas on May 3.

• Sheldon Beausoliel, 25, was shot and killed at the Frydenhoj ballpark on St. Thomas on May 3.

• Maliama Fleming, 23, was shot dead in a drive-by shooting on Monster Hill in Anna’s Retreat, St. Thomas, on May 7.

• James Hodge died after he was attacked with a machete and shot in Estate Hope, St. Thomas, on May 7.

• Henry Joel Buckmire, 49, was shot and killed by police in Estate Hope, St. Thomas, on May 8.

• Ajahi Henneman, 22, was shot and killed outside the Cockpit on Brookman Road, St. Thomas, on May 9.

• Ronald Lewis, 22, was shot and killed outside the Cockpit on Brookman Road, St. Thomas, on May 9.

• Iola Martin was beaten in the head with a fire extinguisher on St. Croix on May 8 and died of her injuries May 12.

• Luis Encarnacion, 27, was shot and killed behind Evelyn Williams Elementary School on St. Croix on May 13.

• Eston Farrell, 19, was found burned to death in an abandoned house on St. Croix on May 15.

• Yocauri Torres, 21, was shot and killed by police in Orange Grove, St. Croix, on May 20.

• Ashorne Daniel, 29, was killed by a vehicle June 17 while working road construction as a flagger on St. Thomas.

• Lafilis Sylvain, 50, was killed June 17 when he was ejected from the back of a truck after the vehicle he was riding in struck a construction worker on St. Thomas.

• Joshua Rami, 18, was shot to death June 26 in an unknown location and dumped at Schneider Hospital on St. Thomas.

• Ferrari Joseph, 23, was shot and killed outside Tutu Park Mall on St. Thomas on June 29.

• Pricilla Davis, 43, was found beaten and stabbed in her home in Frenchtown, St. Thomas, on July 2.

• Louis Roldan, 29, was found shot and burned to death inside his vehicle July 3 on St. Croix.

• Shaheel Joseph, 18, was shot and killed at the Coki Point Cemetery on St. Thomas on July 12.

• Liz Marie Pérez Chaparro, 14, was killed by a stray bullet at Coki Point on St. Thomas on July 12.

• Samuel Cornelius, 21, was shot in the head July 26 while he drove on a residential street in Estate Nadir, St. Thomas.

• Tamielle Griffiths, 18, was stabbed in her St. Thomas home on Aug. 1.

• Jorge Parilla, 45, was stabbed and his house was set on fire Aug. 14 on St. Croix.

• Joel Prime, 39, was shot and killed during an armed robbery in Estate Sion Farm, St. Croix, on Sept. 7.

• Kervin Williams, 34, was beaten Sept. 5 near the Frydenhoj ballpark on St. Thomas and died of his injuries Sept. 7.

• David Martin, 41, was shot and killed Sept. 19 on St. Croix.

 

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