Young Musician Fatally Shot as Friends Played with Gun


Errick Lamar Pratt planned a career in music.

But his hopes to make it big ended on Jan. 9 when he was killed in Brandywine in what police are calling an accidental shooting. Funeral services are scheduled for Jan. 17.

According to Prince George’s County police, Pratt, 23, of Fort Washington, was among several people who were playing with a rifle when it accidentally went off.

The incident took place just after 1:30 a.m. in the 18700 block of Croom Road in Brandywine. The property is a farm and the shooting took place inside a house on the property.

Prince George’s County police spokeswoman Julie Parker said the preliminary investigation shows that three men and two women were hanging out at the home. Someone was playing with a gun and it went off. Pratt was hit once in the head.

It is unlikely that charges will be filed, Parker said.

According to reports, the property where Pratt was killed is owned by Tony and Cynthia Brazelton, who serve as pastors of Victory Christian Ministries International, which has several local branches, including one in Suitland. Funeral services for Pratt are scheduled there at 10 a.m. on Jan. 17.

Known as “Pop Smoothe” for his musical abilities and swagger, Pratt put his heart and soul into every song he wrote and performed, friends said. He released a mixtape online in August entitled “Smoothe Like Dat.” He was working on a follow up when he died.

Pratt’s first love was rap, but he sang gospel, too, friends said.

“PopSmoothe had an electric style that could only be described as unique,” said Akeem Bryant, 23, of Los Angeles, a long-time friend of Pratt’s.

Friends took to social media to mourn their loss. Pratt’s Facebook page bears the title Limelight PopSmooth.

“I pray things like this don’t happen to amazing people. I can’t believe and don’t want to believe that this is really happening to you because you were humble, talented and showed love to everybody. I just talked to you three days ago and everything was smooth. Three days later, I wake up to hearing you’re gone. R.I.P. Smoothe #gonetoosoon #IWillAlwaysMissYouSmoothe.”

In addition to music, Pratt loved skateboarding.

A friend who grew up with Pratt said he lived with his grandmother and aunt in D.C., though he was close to his mother who lived in Prince George’s. He visited her on the day he died, they said.

Young Musician Fatally Shot as Friends Played with Gun

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