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Two Killed While Working in Tutu High Rise

July 09, 2020

ST. THOMAS, USVI – On July 9 at roughly 12:57 p.m., the 911 Emergency Call Center was notified of shots fired in the shuttered Tutu High Rise housing community, in the vicinity of Building 13. Officers traveled to the area and found two Black males with gunshot wounds. Emergency Medical Technicians on the scene concluded that one of the victims had no signs of life. The second victim was transported from the scene via ambulance to the Roy Lester Schneider Regional Medical Center, where he later expired.

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Police Detectives and employees of the Medical Examiners office at the scene of a shooting, where 29-year-old Rique Ashby and 14-year-old Aaron Ashby succumbed to gunshot wounds

The victims were identified by family members as 29-year-old Rique Ashby and his cousin, 14-year-old Aaron Ashby.

St. Thomas / St. John Chief of Police Steven Phillip decried this latest incident of gun violence and appealed to the community for information to help solve this crime. “We are asking our residents to find alternate ways of resolving disputes. Using guns is never the right way. As we always say, if you see something, say something.” Persons with information are urged to contact police by calling 911, the Criminal Investigation Bureau at (340) 774-2211 extension 5569, or anonymously to Crime Stoppers USVI at (800) 222-TIPS.

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