‘I Feel Like I’m Drowning’: Family Mourns Young Man Allegedly Killed by Roommate

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SACRAMENTO -- Austin Sweet is described by his loved ones as a person they can call on to fix anything -- anytime, day or night -- and now his death is leaving a hole in the family and in their hearts.

"There was always a good side to Austin," his mother, Debbie Sweet, told FOX40. "He just loved everybody."

The 22-year-old's mother, sister and girlfriend say he was known to those who knew and loved him as a person who would drop everything to lend a helping hand.

"And be the person to help everyone, and that is such a special thing from a sister too is, like, he would have done anything for me," Ashley, Austin's sister, said.

Sacramento County sheriff's deputies say they found Austin Sweet unresponsive Saturday inside an apartment on Jackson Street in North Highlands.

Investigators say Sweet and his roommate, 21-year-old Grant Sherman, had a fight before Sweet was found with several stab wounds inside a bedroom.

"I'm just this little, tiny ant in a shaken liter of water just being tossed around at sea," Debbie Sweet said. "I feel like I'm drowning."

Sherman was later arrested in connection with Austin's death.

"I'm dealing with a homicide. I'm dealing with my son being murdered and I'm trying to plan his funeral," Debbie Sweet told FOX40. "But I look at the situation and it's going to do me no good to have that anger and I have to say it out loud."

Austin Sweet's loved ones are keeping memories of him close to their hearts as they mourn his untimely death.

"Watching him get older and mature into this man, it was nice and I’m happy I was a part of that," Austin's girlfriend, Hannah told FOX40.

Friends have started a GoFundMe page to help with the funeral expenses for the family.


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