Second Vitraco Mall Murder Victim Identified

The V.I. Police Department has identified the second shooting victim of the Oct. 3 double homicide at Vitraco Mall as 38-year-old Keris Kareem Phipps, a resident of St. Kitts and Nevis. Phipps was identified by next of kin.

Marc J. Thomas, 31, was the other victim.

Detectives continue to urge anyone with information about this homicide to call 911, the Criminal Investigation Bureau at (340) 714-9804, or Crime Stoppers USVI at (800) 222-TIPS.

Thomas and the unidentified man are the 10th and 11th homicides of the year on St. Thomas, bringing the total for the territory to 38, according to the Source homicide list.* There have been 25 killings on St. Croix and two on St. John so far in 2021.

*While the Source homicide list is based on VIPD reports, the Source does not include suicides or vehicular homicides in its listing that the police and some other media do. This can lead to a discrepancy in the number of incidents reported.