Man shot, killed near Carnival Village


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ST. CROIX - Less than four hours into the new year, the territory recorded its first murder of 2014.

The killing - in a parking lot near the Crucian Christmas Carnival Village - was reported at 3:19 a.m. Wednesday.

V.I. Police Department spokeswoman Melody Rames said the victim was identified as Francisco Rivera, 27.

Rivera was standing by his car when he was shot, she said.

The murder occurred in the triangle parking lot near the village.

Rames said she did not know whether Rivera had been at the village just prior to being shot, whether anyone had been arrested in connection with the crime, or any of the circumstances surrounding the shooting, other than that the man was shot while he was standing by his vehicle.

Rames, who also does publicity for the carnival, said the village closes at 3 a.m.

The territory's first homicide of 2014 comes immediately after a year that saw a significant drop in the number of homicides in the territory.

For all of 2013, there were 38 homicides in the territory, of which four were vehicular homicides. The homicides were split evenly between St. Thomas and St. Croix.

The 2013 total was down about 35 percent from 2012, when there were 59 homicides, including six vehicular homicides.

- Contact Joy Blackburn at 714-9145 or email jblackburn@dailynews.vi.

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