Location of fatal St. Croix shooting among unanswered questions


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ST. CROIX - Police are seeking assistance from the community to help them solve the territory's latest homicide, which occurred early Tuesday morning.

Police Spokeswoman Melody Rames said 19-year-old Lenn Williams walked into Luis Hospital just before midnight Monday with gunshot wounds and later died from his injuries.

Rames said police were notified of the gunshot victim at about 11:45 p.m. Monday and when they arrived at the hospital officers were told that the victim was in surgery and being treated for a wound to his abdomen.

Officers were notified after 2 a.m. Tuesday that Williams had died from his injuries.

Because of the seriousness of his injuries and the fragility of his medical condition, officers were unable to question him about the circumstances surrounding the shooting and were unable to gather any information from him before his he expired, Rames said.

Police are asking the community to come forward with information on the shooting and ask that anyone who may know the persons responsible, where the shooting occurred or the circumstances surrounding the shooting to call detectives at 712-6030, 712-6077, or call 911. She said residents can also call the confidential tip line at Crime Stoppers USVI at 1-800-222-8477 or text "USVI" plus their message to 274637.

Williams' murder is the 19th reported in the territory so far this year, including two vehicular homicides that both occurred on St. Croix. To date there have been nine murders on St. Croix, nine on St. Thomas and one on St. John for 2014.

Exactly two weeks ago - on May 12 - the body of Curdellius Monchary, 29, washed up on Rainbow Beach in Frederiksted. Monchary's family had reported him missing to police just before his body was found that morning, saying that he had last been seen about 7 p.m. the night before and had not returned home.

He had been stabbed in the back of his neck.

No one has been arrested in his murder as the investigation continues.

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

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