Jan. 7, 2005 The V.I. Police Department is seeking the help of the public in identifying the body of a young black male who was shot to death Thursday night on St. Thomas.
The man, who police think was in his 20s, is the first homicide victim of 2005.
Sgt. Thomas Hannah, police spokesman, said Friday afternoon that no identification was found on the bullet-ridden body of the victim.
"He was shot numerous times about his body near the Mandahl Bay Beach area at about 8:40 p.m.," Hannah said, adding when police arrived at the scene, after receiving calls from nearby residents, the young man had already expired in a pool of blood.
According to Hannah, the man has a dark complexion and is about 5 feet 8 inches to 5 feet 11 inches tall. The victim was wearing a white T-shirt, blue denim shorts and Timberland boots. Around his neck was a gold necklace with a pendant containing an unrecognizable photo of an individual and the inscription, "I love you, M.J."
Anyone who may know the individual or may have information regarding this crime should contact the Criminal Investigation Bureau at 715-5522, 774-2211, ext. 4143 or the Major Crime Unit at 715-5546, 774-2211 ext. 4144, 4149; the Crime Line at 777-8711 or emergency 911.
"This is the first officially reported homicide of the new year," Hannah said.
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