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Man found murdered in Hesperia home ID’d as 21 year-old; suspect unknown

HESPERIA, Calif. ( — Sheriff’s officials provided more details into a murder that occurred in Hesperia Thursday morning.

Police say that 21-year-old Brian Eugene Hart was found shot and killed inside the residence and that the suspect remains unknown.

It happened at about 4:52 a.m. Thursday, January 17, 2019, when dispatch received 911 calls regarding a shooting at a home on the 9300 block of Dragon Tree Drive in Hesperia.

Deputies responded and found Hart suffering from a gunshot wound. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene, officials said.

Sheriff’s Homicide Detectives responded to conduct the investigation and taped off the residence for several hours.

Neighbors told Victor Valley News they heard gunfire followed by screaming in the morning.

The family told a Victor Valley News reporter that the victim lives in the city of Highland but was visiting friends in Hesperia.

“Following the scene investigation, Detectives learned that the suspect entered the home and once inside, the suspect shot and killed the victim,” investigators said in the media release.

Hart’s mother is devastated by the news that her youngest child was found murdered, and is asking anyone with information to come forward.

A GoFundMe account was set up to raise expenses for his burial, which has accumulated over $10,000 in donations as of Friday afternoon.

“He was 21 years old a fun, chill human being. An amazing young person who would give you his jacket if you needed it. He was such a smart, funny always cracking jokes and so earthy that this hurts us all so deeply,” the GoFundMe account stated.

His family is planning a vigil Friday night in Highland at 7615 Sterling Avenue near 9th Street, in the city of Highland where he lived.

GoFundMe Link: Funeral for Brian Hart, Please Help.

The motive for the shooting remains under investigation.

This video shows the house and the taped-off home while authorities investigated.

No additional information is available for release at this time. Anyone with information related to this investigation is urged to contact Detective Simon Demuri of the Specialized Investigation Division – Homicide Detail at (909)387-3589. Those wishing to remain anonymous can call the WeTip Hotline at 800-78-CRIME (27463) or leave information online at

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