|Birth: ||Jun. 16, 1987, USA|
|Death: ||Apr. 22, 2010|
Services for Sherika Marie Pratt, 23, will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, May 1, 2010 at New Bethel Missionary Baptist Church, 3300 Greenwood Road. Officiating will be Pastor A. B. Kimble of the New Convenant Baptist Church. Burial will follow at Lincoln Cemetery. Sherika passed away Thursday, April 22, 2010. She was a resident of Shreveport and member of New Covenant Baptist Church. She is survived by two sons, Jaylen Jermaine Pratt and Jordan Lee Pratt; her mother, Beverly Pratt; father, Albert Ray Gober, Sr.; one sister, LeTecha Pratt; three brothers, Cortez Pratt, Albert Ray Gober Jr., Marcus Gober; grandmother, Losie Bell Pratt; and a host of aunts, uncles, cousins, other relatives and friends.
One dead in early morning shooting
A woman is dead and police are trying to determine who pulled the trigger, shooting the mother of two three times inside her Shreveport apartment home.
The shooting happened just before 5 a.m. this morning at The Coventry apartments in the 4500 block of North Market Street. Police say neighbors heard loud screaming and then shots being fired.
The family has identified the woman as 23-year-old Sherika Pratt.
Pratt's mother said police said her daughter was shot three times. The shooter fired through her front door. When police arrived, they found Pratt on the living room floor.
The shooter has not been identified. However, family members believe he is her ex-boyfriend who is wanted by police on allegations that he assaulted Pratt three weeks ago — pushing her head through an apartment window. Police will not confirm that the ex-boyfriend, who is the father of Pratt's youngest child, is the shooter.
Pratt's two children, ages 1 and 3, were inside the apartment at the time of the shooting. The children, who were not injured, are now in the custody of their grandparents.
Police also are investigating reports that the shooter attempted to break into an adjacent apartment.
It is the second shooting police have responded to this morning.
A man is being treated at a local hospital after being shot during an early morning dispute with two women.
The shooting happened about 4 a.m. at a location in the 100 block of Southfield Avenue.
Police say one of the women shot the victim in the shoulder. He was taken the hospital and is expected to recover, according to police reports.
The investigation into both shootings continue.
Shreveport Police Investigators have begun a citywide search for a suspect responsible for the early morning shooting death of the mother of two.
At approximately 4:50 AM, Shreveport Police were called to 4565 N. Market in response to gunshots being heard by neighbors in the Coventry apartment complex. Upon arrival officers entered the residence of Shericka Pratt, B/F, 06/16/1987 of Shreveport, discovering she was suffering from several gunshot wounds and unresponsive. Also in the home were Pratt's two young male children, ages 1 and 3, who were immediately removed unharmed by the first responding officer and placed in the custody of their grandparents. Shreveport Fire Department arrived scene and Pratt was pronounced deceased.
As the investigation progressed, Rodney L. Terrell was identified as the estranged boyfriend of Ms. Pratt and had been the subject in several previous reports of battery on the victim. Evidence was uncovered developing Terrell as the suspect responsible for the shooting death of Pratt resulting in the issuing of an arrest warrant for 2nd Degree Murder. Terrel also has outstanding warrants through Shreveport City Marshall's office for Interference with a Peace Officer and Simple Assault. Terrell is to be considered armed and dangerous.
Anyone having any knowledge of the whereabouts of Terrell are encouraged to call the Shreveport Police Department, 675-2129 or Crime Stoppers at 673-7373. Crime Stoppers is offering a $1000.00 reward for any information leading to the arrest of Terrell.
Sherika Marie Pratt
SHREVEPORT, LA - Services for Sherika Marie Pratt, 23, will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, May 1, 2010 at New Bethel Missionary Baptist Church, 3300 Greenwood Road. Officiating will be Pastor A. B. Kimble of the New Convenant Baptist Church. Burial will follow at Lincoln Cemetery.
Sherika passed away Thursday, April 22, 2010. She was a resident of Shreveport and member of New Covenant Baptist Church. She is survived by two sons, Jaylen Jermaine Pratt and Jordan Lee Pratt; her mother, Beverly Pratt; father, Albert Ray Gober, Sr.; one sister, LeTecha Pratt; three brothers, Cortez Pratt, Albert Ray Gober Jr., Marcus Gober; grandmother, Losie Bell Pratt; and a host of aunts, uncles, cousins, other relatives and friends. Heavenly Gates Funeral Home
Suicide leads to homicide being cleared
Police: Rodney L. Terrell shoots girlfriend, later self.
The discovery Thursday night of a man who fatally shot himself in the head led to what police called the exceptional clearance of the murder of his ex-girlfriend that morning, a shooting in which he was the sole suspect.
About 5 a.m., Rodney L. Terrell, 29, fired at least three shots through Sherika Pratt's front door about 5 a.m., killing her but leaving her two children, ages 1 and 3, unharmed, police said. Neighbors reportedly heard the gunshots and then loud screaming.
"Oh, no — my baby, my baby," Beverly Pratt said as she watched her daughter being put into the coroner's van at the Coventry Apartments, located in the 4500 block of North Market Street. "Lord, please help me, please. They killed my child. Why did they kill her?"
Beverly Pratt immediately believed Terrell, who is the father of her youngest grandchild, was responsible.
Hours after the shooting, Terrell was named as the key suspect and that evening, as police searched for him on a charge of second-degree murder, a citizen reported finding a man slumped over in the driver's seat of a blue Cadillac parked outside the Plantation Inn in the 4900 block of Greenwood Road.
Police determined it was Terrell and are calling his death a suicide. Crime scene investigators matched the shoes he was wearing to shoe prints discovered at the crime scene at the Coventry Place Apartments, according to a Police Department news release.
Just two weeks prior, Terrell broke into the apartment and waited for Sherika Pratt to return home, Beverly Pratt said.
"He broke in through the back window, and when she came home, he beat her and cut up her furniture and the kids' mattresses. She had stitches and bruises from that. Police should have got him then."
Jim Taliaferro, police spokesman, said Terrell was the subject of "several previous reports of battery on the victim" and that he had two active warrants through the Police Department that involve Sherika Pratt.
"Sherika was one of the kindest, sweetest people you ever want to meet," Albert Gober said of his daughter. "She was getting her life together. She worked hard, took care of her kids and visited her parents. She seemed to be on the right track."
Now, her two children, one of whom has no living parent, are staying with their grandparents.
Sherika Pratt is Shreveport's 12th homicide victim this year.
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