Teen Tourist Killed by Crossfire in Virgin Islands
CHARLOTTE AMALIE, U.S Virgin Islands ( AP) A 14-year-old Puerto Rican tourist was killed in front of her horrified family when she was caught in the crossfire of a gunfight attributed to warring gangs on the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Gov. John deJongh identified the slain tourist as Lizmarie Perez Chapparro from Puerto Rico, who was struck by a bullet as she rode with her relatives on a packed "safari bus" that ferries tourists across the three-island territory.
The girl and her family arrived in St. Thomas aboard the Carnival Victory, a Carnival Cruise Line ship that departed Puerto Rico's capital of San Juan on Sunday. Another cruise ship passenger sustained a minor injury during the shootout.
Carnival spokeswoman Jennifer De La Cruz described it as an "unfathomable act of senseless violence" and said the Miami-based line suspended all excursions that include the St. Thomas neighborhood where the violence took place until further notice.
A St. Thomas teenager also was killed by the gunfire as he attended the funeral of another man fatally shot on June 29. Police said 18-year-old Shadid Joseph's body was found Monday with a loaded gun.
A police statement said that Monday's victims were killed by bullets sprayed from a red Honda Civic and by a person attending a burial at a cemetery in Coki Point.
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