Family, friends of Crucian radio personality shot in head organize fundraiser to help him


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ST. CROIX - Friends and family of a man shot and seriously wounded last month are coming together Saturday to raise money to help defray his medical costs.

Radio personality Marvin "Scrappy" Goodwin was shot in the head Nov. 23 and remains hospitalized at a stateside hospital, fighting for his life.

Goodwin's sister-in-law, Naomi Goodwin, said supporters have organized a food sale from noon to 5 p.m. at Bags, Gifts and More, located near The Brass Key and Closet to Closet on Constitution Road.

Goodwin's mother Harella Goodwin owns the gift store, and she has been at her son's bedside in Miami since he was airlifted off the island more than three weeks ago.

"This has really affected our entire family, and it is going to be a long hard road, but we are hopeful that God is able to see Scrappy through this," Naomi Goodwin said.

She said for Saturday's event, the food sale will include seafood kalalloo, chicken, roast pork, fish, or salmon balls with trimmings to include seasoned rice, baked macaroni, potato stuffings, vegetables, coleslaw and salad.

"People from the community have really been supportive, and many of the best cooks from our community and church are donating to the sale," she said.

In addition to the food sale, T-shirts wishing Goodwin a speedy recovery - "God's Got This... Speedy Recovery Scrappy" - have been printed and will be on sale at the event.

"People have been calling, sending social media messages, calling the radio station, coming by the house and really just showing a tremendous amount of genuine concern for Scrappy and that has been one of the things that is keeping the family motivated and hopeful," she said.

St. Claire Goodwin said he never realized that his son was so loved in the community until the shooting, saying that the concern from residents has helped to stop some of the hurt, disappointment and confusion that the family has been feeling.

"We are all just taking it one day at a time, hoping that things will work out for Scrappy and that justice will be served," he said. "This is very stressful, but we pray that Scrappy continues to make progress."

Two weeks after the shooting, detectives arrested Kirk Jordan, charging him only with illegal possession of a firearm and ammunition in connection with the shooting.

According to an affidavit in support of the arrest warrant on the gun charges, V.I. Police Detective Leon Cruz said Jordan told police he accidentally squeezed the trigger while disarming the gun to clean it and it fired, striking Goodwin in the head, according to Cruz's affidavit.

"Scrappy is still alive by the grace of God, and we need our prayer warriors and community supporters to rally behind the family and behinds Scrappy until he pulls through," Naomi Goodwin said.

- Contact reporter Fiona Stokes at 714-9149 or email fstokes@dailynews.vi.

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