(6-3-21) Four members of a Ft. Wayne family murdered yesterday have been identified.

  • The first victim was identified as 26-year-old Sarah Nicole Zent, mother of the three children listed below, of Fort Wayne her cause of death was determined to be strangulation and multiple stab wounds.
  • 5-year-old Carter Mathew Zent, cause of death has been determined to be multiple stab wounds,
  • 3-year-old Ashton Duwayne Zent, cause of death has been determined to be multiple stab wounds.
  • 2-year-old Aubree Christine Zent, cause of death has been determined to be multiple stab wounds.

The four deaths bring the total to 21 for Allen County in 2021.

Fort Wayne and Indiana State Police detectives said thta the suspect, Cohen Bennett Hancz-Barron (21), was apprehended at around 5 p.m. Wednesday at Romney Meadows Apartment Homes in Lafayette. He had his first court appearance today.

Hancz-Barron and Zent had earlier been in a relationship.

Hancz-Barron was serving the remainder of a robbery conviction at a drug rehabilitation center in Tippecanoe County and walked away from the facility in April and was wanted on a warrant for his arrest.

Go Fund Me PageHelp us lay Sarah and her babies to rest

Sarah and 3 of her beautiful babies where brutally murdered in their home Wednesday June 2nd. Her parents and step parents are now having to lay to rest their daughter and 3 grandchildren. This is a horrible tragedy that are family is facing. None of us ever expected this call! We are all going through the motion unsure what is next. Sarah and her babies didn’t deserve this!! Noone does! We are lost for words as a family. And hate to ask for help. But with laying 4 to rest we have no choice. Thank you all!!

As of this posting the fund had already raised of $13,000.