$10,000 reward in murder of Burlington County father

BROWNS MILLS, N.J. - November 16, 2013

"He was a loving, caring person. He loved his kids," said Marybeth Sweet.

On Tuesday, September 24th, Louis Sweet was outside his home on the 700 block of Lakehurst Road in Browns Mills, Burlington County.

Sweet's sister says at about 11 p.m. four masked men approached Sweet and shot him multiple times.

"He was going out to get milkshakes, him and his son. He was approached from outside and he was shot," said Marybeth.

Sweet died about an hour later from his injuries.

However the incident didn't stop there.

"There was a brief encounter with a female that lived in the home. She attempted to get away from these masked individuals and was able to break free. She went upstairs and retrieved a gun in the home and actually discharged the weapon in their direction, but did not strike anyone," said Robert Bernardi, Burlington County District Attorney.

The woman happened to be Natasha MacPherson, Sweet's fiancé. She and the children were not hurt.

"If it was your father, your son, your brother, your husband, fiancé, you would want to know," said Macphereson.

Officials do believe there is more to this case and hope a $10,000 reward will urge someone to give them information that leads to an arrest and conviction of those responsible.

"People talk, they tell other people and we're hopeful that this reward will give an incentive for someone to come forward," said D.A. Bernadi.

"Anything, anything to get these guys off the street," said Marybeth.

Anyone with information is urged to call the BCPO Major Crimes Unit during business hours at 609-265-5059. After-hours calls should be directed to Burlington County Central Communications at 609-265-7113.

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