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Neighbors React to Quadruple Homicide
Written by Erin MacPherson
Last updated on July 27, 2013 @ 6:58PM
Created on July 27, 2013 @ 6:42PM

Four people were murdered in Clarksburg Friday morning including a father and son who were simply walking door to door delivering the newspaper.

Friday afternoon, City Officials held a press conference where they said investigators are charging Sydney Muller, 27, with four counts of first degree murder. They found him in Marion County about an hour after the incident happened.

The four people who were murdered was Christopher Hart, Todd Amos, Freddy Swiger, and Fred Swiger.

Harrison County Prosecuting Attorney Joe Shaffer said this was a drug related incident. And Christopher Hart's brother said it was over some kind of money debt. 5 News learned it was over $10,000 from a past drug deal.

One neighbor told 5 News they've had a problem with this one house in particular on Locust Avenue. This man said he has made calls to the police multiple times about drug related incidents there. Friday at the press conference, officials confirmed there has been drug activity there.

"I come outside about 5:30 in the morning. We come out on the street and see nothing but police lights. Over half the Clarksburg PD was up here at the top of our hill," said Randy Jones, Clarksburg Resident.

Shots were fired around 4:30 Friday morning. Some neighbors said they've had to deal with with gun shots and drugs before so they didn't think anything of it.

"It wouldn't surprise me any. It's a rough part of the area. It's thick over here. It's pretty bad," said Tammy Jones, Clarksburg Resident. 

"They need to clean it up and get it out of Clarksburg," said Randy. 

The Jones family said just after 5 months of living there, they decided to take some action.

"We're moving to Nutter Fort because we want to get a safer spot for our kids and we feel this area is definitely not safe. 

Amos and Hart were shot in the home. Amos was found dead inside and Hart was taken to the hospital where he later died. In the street right in front of the home is where two innocent people died. 

"Innocent people shouldn't have died because of other peoples stupidity," said Randy. 

Those two people were Fred and Freddy Swiger who have been delivering papers for the Exponent Telegram for 30 years.

Officials from the paper gave us a press release and said they were extremely nice and loyal people who care very deeply about their customers. And furthermore, their customers cared very deeply about them. 

And that was proven. Neighbors put roses on the road where both people died.

This incident is still under investigation.


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