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Police arrest 2 adults, 1 juvenile after man fatally shot during ‘targeted’ home invasion in Gastonia

Published: Jun. 12, 2021 at 11:34 PM EDT|Updated: Jul. 23, 2021 at 1:26 PM EDT
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WBTV) - Trakus Pratt was a father and a fiance’.

The 30-year-old’s neighbors said he welcomed his second child just last week

Pratt was killed early June 12 in what police are calling a “targeted home invasion” in Gastonia.

Police were called to the home on Raindrops Road, just off Moderna Street, around 12:30 a.m. Pratt, who was found shot was taken to CaroMont Regional Medical Center where he died.

Gastonia police searching for suspects after home invasion turned into homicide
Gastonia police searching for suspects after home invasion turned into homicide(WBTV)

Gastonia Police Regional SWAT and Gaston County Police Emergency Response Team executed simultaneous search/arrest warrants at 491 Southside Avenue and 1131 Safeway Drive in Gastonia on July 22 in connection with the case.

Cameron Santell Durham, 18, Kenya Deshay Partlow, 21, and a 17-year-old juvenile were charged with first degree murder.

Man killed during 'targeted' home invasion in Gastonia
Man killed during 'targeted' home invasion in Gastonia(Family photo)

Residents in Sundance Village say they knew Pratt.

One neighbor showed WBTV News video she took as several police cars, ambulances and fire trucks rushed into the neighborhood.

“It’s scary because we all, especially on our end, have kids out,” said Dianne Brooks, who lives in the neighborhood. “My grandkids be out playing on the trampoline, and now I guess we have to carefully watch them, and being that we’re behind the woods, it’s kind of shocking.”

Anyone with information that could help with the investigation is asked to call Detective Whitlock at 704-842-5123 or Detective Lopera 704-866-6939.

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