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Two men charged in January 2020 Egg Harbor Township fatal shooting
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Two men charged in January 2020 Egg Harbor Township fatal shooting

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After a 15-month investigation, two men were arrested in the January 2020 shooting death of 24-year-old Arturo “Arty” Barrera III in Egg Harbor Township, Atlantic County Prosecutor Damon G. Tyner said Wednesday.

Leonard B. Ludwigsen, 26, of Egg Harbor Township, and Neco J. Pitts, 28, of Long Branch, Monmouth County, each face charges of felony murder, robbery, conspiracy, possession of weapons for unlawful purposes and unlawful possession of a weapon, Tyner said in a news release.

“We miss and love Arty every day and have never lost hope that those responsible for his death would eventually be brought to justice,” Barrera’s parents, Art and Marlene, said Wednesday. “We are so thankful and appreciative to all the members of the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office and the other agencies united and undeterred in their efforts. The boundless support from our family and friends has been a source of strength that lifts us from one day to the next. We love them all.”

Barrera was shot multiple times in his home in the Zion Park neighborhood of Egg Harbor Township about 11:30 p.m. Jan. 2, 2020.

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According to police records, Barrera and his roommate were in their home in the 100 block of Vermont Avenue when two armed men in masks entered and pointed guns at them. Tyner said Wednesday the intrusion caused dogs in the home to begin barking and moving toward the unknown men.

Barrera stood up and was shot by the men, and the two suspects fled the home.

“Our investigation has determined that this was not a random incident,” Tyner said.

Barrera’s death was a shock to the community and prompted his family to offer a $10,000 reward through Atlantic County Crime Stoppers. They also put up a billboard to try to generate leads in the case.

Ludwigsen was arrested Tuesday and taken to the Atlantic County jail. Pitts was charged and is in the Monmouth County jail on an unrelated matter.

Court appearances for the two men have not yet been scheduled.

Contact Ahmad Austin: 609-272-7404

AAustin@pressofac.com

Twitter @ACPressAustin

Contact Claire Lowe: 609-272-7251

clowe@pressofac.com

Twitter @clairelowe

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