June 15, 2024

Crime

Kassandra Sweeney, 25, and her 4-year-old and 23-month-old sons had been shot and killed in her Northfield dwelling, allegedly by her husband’s then-16-year-old brother.

Kassandra Sweeney, 25, and her two sons, 4-year-old Benjamin and 23-month-old Mason, had been shot and killed of their Northfield, New Hampshire, dwelling on Aug. 3, 2022. GoFundMe

Prosecutors imagine the final messages Kassandra Sweeney despatched to her husband earlier than she and her two sons had been killed had been Snapchat movies of their two younger boys, adopted by the textual content, “I hope they make you chortle,” based on The Boston Globe.

Lower than 10 minutes after the messages had been despatched, Eric Sweeney, her husband’s then-16-year-old brother, allegedly gunned down the 25-year-old and her sons in her Northfield, New Hampshire, dwelling, the Globe reported.

After they had been killed the morning of Aug. 3, 2022, Benjamin Sweeney was solely 4 years previous, and Mason Sweeney was nearing two years of age. 

Later that month, Eric was arrested and charged as a juvenile with three counts of first-degree homicide and one depend of falsifying proof in reference to the killings. Due to his age, his identify was not launched at the moment. 

However early final month, Eric was indicted on the identical fees as an grownup despite the fact that he’s nonetheless solely 17 years previous. Consequently, prosecutors revealed his identification. 

What we realized about what occurred that day 

In accordance with court docket information, location information from Kassandra’s cellphone signifies that it started touring away from her dwelling at 56 Wethersfield Dr. down I-93 south simply earlier than 11 a.m., the Globe reported. About 20 minutes later, her husband, Sean Sweeney, obtained extra messages from her Snapchat account, however they seem to have been from his brother. They reportedly mentioned “Assist. It’s Eric.” 

A bit after 11:20 a.m., Sean known as 911 and requested that an ambulance be despatched to his dwelling, the Globe reported. When requested what had occurred, he mentioned “I don’t know … my brother informed me somebody broke in and killed all of them.”

Police discovered the three victims useless within the dwelling round 11:30 a.m., the New Hampshire Lawyer Common’s Workplace mentioned beforehand. Their deaths had been quickly dominated homicides, and the AG’s workplace revealed that they’d every died of a single gunshot wound. 

Kassandra Sweeney, 25, and her two sons, 4-year-old Benjamin and 23-month-old Mason, had been shot and killed of their Northfield, New Hampshire, dwelling on Aug. 3, 2022. – WCVB

Sean arrived on the scene after investigators, and GPS information from his truck indicated that he hadn’t been in Northfield since 6:30 a.m. that morning, the Globe reported. Eric, who lived together with his brother and his household on the time, arrived on the scene quickly after.

The teenager informed investigators he had been within the basement of the house when he heard yelling from a voice he described as being deep and male, adopted by a number of “pops,” the Globe reported. He then waited for the noise upstairs to stop earlier than leaving the basement, seeing the three victims on the ground within the kitchen, and taking Kassandra’s keys and cellphone, he reportedly informed authorities.

On the time, Eric Sweeney informed investigators he wasn’t certain in the event that they had been alive or useless, the Globe reported. 

What led investigators to suspect Eric

Sean had beforehand reported his brother to police in July 2022 citing security considerations, the Globe reported. The teenager had been making unusual feedback and hiding weapons across the dwelling, Sean informed police.

Police then met with Eric, and he informed them he would change his conduct, the Globe reported. An officer informed Sean to inform police once more if he had any additional security considerations. 

After his spouse and kids had been killed, Sean informed authorities that Eric’s conduct had grow to be so regarding that the couple had put a lock on their bed room door, the Globe reported. They had been additionally within the technique of getting him faraway from their dwelling. 

Sean informed authorities he owned two handguns, and that he stored them unloaded in a locked protected below his mattress, the Globe reported. When investigators positioned the protected, they discovered it unlocked and lacking one of many weapons and {a magazine}. 

Authorities discovered the alleged homicide weapon a bit over per week after the taking pictures on the facet of the street on I-93 south, the Globe reported. They allegedly discovered the important thing to the gun protected with the keys to the truck Eric had pushed away from the scene and found gunshot residue on Eric’s palms and the steering wheel of the truck.

Prosecutors have but to supply a motive for the murders, the Globe reported. Considered one of Eric Sweeney’s lawyer’s declined to touch upon the case to the newspaper on Monday.