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Two persons of interest released in Vero Beach murder

VERO BEACH, FL (WFLX) - It may be one of the first major developments in a murder case that has left a Treasure Coast community heartbroken.  Brian Simspon, 41, was shot and killed in his Vero Beach home on Thursday night. Investigators said he came face-to-face with an armed intruder.

On Monday, police released sketches of two persons of interest who were seen in the area of Simpson's home not long after neighbors heard gunfire. Police also announced that a $50,000 reward is being offered to anyone with information that leads to an arrest. That cash reward was raised by Indian River County business leaders and concerned citizens.

Hundreds of loved ones gathered at The Community Church on Monday evening to pay their respects to Simpson who was a husband and father. The overflow crowd offered stories about Simpson before his life was suddenly taken away. 

"Just a great all-around guy, a great dad and someone I respected," said Charles Croom, a friend and co-worker of Simpson. "I just hope and pray that they have strong faith and this time, that's what's going to get them through." 

Simpson was a 14-year employee of Central Window, a company located a few miles from the Fiddlewood Road home where he was found dead.

Simpson leaves behind two children, Samantha and Scott, and a wife, Kristen. 

"They are such a wonderful family, such a close family, very good and just didn't deserve what happened to them," said Gabrielle Jordan, a family friend. "It's just so hard to put it into words, to be honest. Why did something like this have to happen to such wonderful people?"

There was no casket at Monday's celebration of life. A family spokesperson said Simpson will be cremated and his ashes will be scattered in the ocean along Vero Beach in the next few days.

Among those mourning Monday evening was Interim Vero Beach Police Chief David Currey, who spoke early Monday at a news conference at police headquarters. 

"We're just persistent, and we're going to keep working and following up every lead to bring justice to the Simpson family," said Currey.  

The sketches released by law enforcement are of two males, both black and in their early to mid 20's.  Authorities said both were seen in the area of Simpson's home after the suspected burglary turned into an apparent homicide.  

Anyone with information is asked to call the Vero Beach Police Department Detective Division at (772) 978-4660.

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