Public Help Sought in Solving Shooting Death of Man in 2005

Public Help Sought in Solving Shooting Death of Man in 2005

LOS ANGELES (CNS) - Authorities today circulated a composite drawing of a suspect being sought in the long-unsolved shooting death of a father of two whose body was found in his Hacienda Heights residence 12 1/2 years ago.

 Edward Berber, 27, was found dead by his mother on Dec. 6, 2005, in his home in the 1800 block of Charlemonte Avenue.

 ``She had not heard from him for a few days,” said sheriff's Deputy Wally Bracks. ``To her dismay, she found her son shot to death.”

 Sheriff Jim McDonnell displayed the composite drawing at a news conference at the Hall of Justice in downtown Los Angeles.

 

 ``We are here today because we believe we can show you the face of a killer, and that you the public can bring peace and justice to the family of Edward Berber,” McDonnell said. ``Mr. Berber was only 27 years old at the time he was killed. He left behind two young children, who at the time of his death were 8 years old and 3 years old when they lost their dad.”

 A $10,000 reward was in the process of being approved for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the killer, McDonnell said.

 A motive for the crime hasn't been established.

 Berber's sister, Alejandra Johnson, described him as ``a family man that loved his children.”

 ``My brother had goals,” she said. ``He worked all his life to be accomplished, and (he was) a professional, with a master's degree from Notre Dame, who was about to take his CPA test. He had dreams and goals, not just for him, but for his family.”

 Anyone with information on the case was urged to call the Sheriff's Homicide Bureau at (323) 890-5500, or Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-TIPS.

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