Swanton shooting victim was Massachusetts gang member

By Guy Page

A 22-year old man found shot to death in Swanton Wednesday has been identified as Elijah Oliver of Haverhill, MA. He has been described in his hometown paper as a longtime gang member who by age 19 already had a lengthy criminal record. 

A July 31, 2020 news story in the Eagle-Tribune describes Oliver’s sentencing for trying to smuggle a gun past police while being picked up on an “armed assault to murder” warrant. 

According to the Eagle-Tribune, police say Oliver belonged to a gang called the Gangsta Disciples. While in police custody he reportedly told a female officer to “respect his rank,” a reference to his gang status. 

It is not known why Oliver was in Swanton. His body was found Wednesday morning at at a home on First Street in Swanton. The Chief Medical Examiner’s Office determined the cause of death to be gunshot wounds of the torso, and the manner of death is a homicide.

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  1. It’s a shame to see one of Vermont’s winter tourists from Massachusetts not leave with a smile and memories of a positive experience. When he meets St. Peter at the Pearly Gates (or the dude at the other end of things) will he will repeat his demand that he “respect his rank”?

    • Dismantle the Old, Solid, Vermont Values and Traditions and they will come.
      And the woke, progressive, out-of-state carpetbaggers have been coming and dismantling for years.
      Mr. Oliver has left the state, albeit abruptly, but that still leaves the one(s) who shot him. Comforting thought, isn’t it?