Murder of PG resident in Belize City

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Police say they believe Gary Mancel Pratt, 28, originally from Punta Gorda Town, was mistakenly killed on Friday night. According to Police he was in a yard on Antelope Street Extension when a slim built man approached him and shot at him several times, hitting him twice in the back. As part of continuing investigations police have detained a single man. Today we spoke off-camera with the person he was staying with in town while looking for a job. She says he was a hard worker.

Voice of Anonymous Female Interviewed

“[He came from] from P. G. mih dih write wah poem book and e mih dih try get it published, but e no really mek it …e end up dead, right? So e no get to that point deh, but e had all e stuf deh together, flash drive and everything.   E mih hav the ting, just me dih wait fuh edit, so e mih dih sell newpaper before e dead too, caz e mih wah work but e get none.   E enn up fih gahn da Krem and deng givah  newspaper and ting, then e get the job da Civic, and then when e don come off, e still go sell e newspaper, so e mih busy…yeeah…before he died”.

Our interviewee says the news surprised her.

Interviewee:  “Yeah, e stayed with me for the past three weeks since e deh da Belize dih look for work.

Reporter:   “So, when you heard the news, I mean, how did you…take it?

Interviewee:   “Well, I’m in shock caz I know e no mingle da Belize, e no have no enemies, you andastann?   But I know how Belize go, I mean, you could go da shop and enn up shot you know…the way the city deh right now…and at the end of the day da mih a busy somebody dih look fuh something fih ;  E no idle e mind, right?   E always dih look fuh do sohnting positive”.

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