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Sep 17, 2020

Not a Road Accident – Victor Pratt was Shot Dead!

Victor Pratt

Initially classified as the result of a traffic fatality, the death of Victor Pratt is now a murder.  Pratt’s body was found on the Old Northern Highway on Tuesday afternoon and a post mortem now reveals that he was shot and killed. The father of two was riding his motorcycle heading to Belize City when his life was cut short and his body left in a bushy area.  The family says they are stunned and clueless about who wanted Pratt dead.  Here is News Five’s Duane Moody with a report.


Duane Moody, Reporting

Victor Pratt was murdered and is not a victim of a road traffic accident – that’s what the result of a post-mortem revealed late Wednesday evening. The thirty-three-year-old father of two was shot and killed and his body discovered off the pavement in a bushy area on the Old Northern Road.


Angela Matura, Sister of Deceased

“I find out that he get shot. When we were at the crime scene the Tuesday, we never did see any blood or anything to say that ih get shot, so we just mi think ih get a heart attack or something like that. But the way it seem, it noh seem normal and we found out the truth what happened to him that day; that he got shot.”


On Tuesday afternoon, Pratt, who is originally from Santana Village, but resides in Belama, left the village en route to the city on a motorcycle. He was about half way along his journey to the city when it is believed that he stopped to speak with someone he knew about a mile and a half from the junction of the Old Northern Road and the Philip Goldson Highway. There, on the left hand side of the road is where he was shot; his body was discovered face down and he was still on the motorbike. Even though the scene was processed, police labelled the case as a road traffic accident and somehow missed the gunshot injury Pratt sustained.


Angela Matura

Angela Matura

“That dah the same thing weh we di wonder about too. If dehn mi give we di opportunity to see him and check him, maybe we coulda find out what mi take place to him at the same moment. But dehn neva want we go close to him. Even though dehn put him in the back of the truck, we still neva get fi see his right side just the left side of his body, half way from weh dehn have him in the bag. We neva did notice, we neva did see no blood, no nothing. He probably know the person weh stop him because he dah somebody, if he noh know yo, he noh wah stop all of a sudden and talk to you just like that. If he noh know you from Adam and at the area where he got killed, make it worse he noh wah stop and talk to you if he noh know you. So it has to be somebody he knew and then he stop and dah right deh the person took his life.”


But as it would turn out, the family’s suspicion was valid and their loved one was the victim of gun violence. So the Belize Police Department is now investigating a murder. But who could have wanted Pratt dead and why? Sister Angela Matura says the entire family is perplexed.


Angela Matura

“This really hurt. It’s sad and it is so hard to believe that he gone like that. Somebody just took his life.”


Duane Moody

“You and your brother were very close. At any point did he complain of somebody threatening his life?”


Angela Matura

“No. He noh complain about anything to us and he dah wah person; if something really bother he, he noh wah talk to us about it anyways so. So whatever is bothering him, he always keep it to himself. We just have to be strong and pray. Just want say fi di person who took my bredda life; justice di come your way so don’t think yow ah run fi di rest of your life and get away from what you did.”


The gunman is believed to be from Sand Hill Village, and Pratt knew his killer.  Duane Moody for News Five.

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