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Personal trainer dies in home invasion

Brad Soper, a 35 year old Sydney man, died in a home invasion in Harrington Park.
Brad Soper, a 35 year old Sydney man, died in a home invasion in Harrington Park.

The man who died in a suspected home invasion in Sydney's southwest has been identified as personal trainer and weightlifter Bradley Soper.

The Daily Telegraphreports Mr Soper trained clients and lifted weights at a Narellan gym where several of his friends today said that reports he died after breaking into a Harrington Park home seemed "out of character" for him.

"R.I.P. Bro I will miss you so much. My best mate bruh. You taught me so much man, I cant believe this sh*t," one tribute on Instagram read.

Johan Schwartz, his wife and their baby daughter had been living in Harrington Park estate for less than two years when their family home was broken into early yesterday morning.

Mr Schwartz, whom neighbours today praised for defending his family, was first alerted to a disturbance when his dogs started barking just before 8am Sunday.

Brad Soper, a 35-year-old Sydney man, died in a home invasion in Harrington Park.
Brad Soper, a 35-year-old Sydney man, died in a home invasion in Harrington Park.

It's believed the 44-year-old dad walked downstairs to find Mr Soper, wearing a singlet, shorts and standing barefoot in his lounge room. According to investigators, Mr Schwartz then "challenged (the) male intruder".

A violent struggle between the pair ensued, resulting in the 35-year-old intruder collapsing and losing consciousness.

Neighbours rushed to help and gave the man CPR and Mr Schwartz's wife called triple-0 but he couldn't be saved.

Unconfirmed reports from neighbours also claim the home intruder was soaking wet after reportedly going for a swim in the family's pool before entering the Westwood Court house.

Brad Soper, a 35-year-old Sydney man, died in a home invasion in Harrington Park. Picture: Instagram
Brad Soper, a 35-year-old Sydney man, died in a home invasion in Harrington Park. Picture: Instagram

A NSW Police source on Monday said homicide detectives were assisting in the investigation and awaiting the outcome of a post-mortem examination of the intruder's body to determine the cause of death.

It's believed Mr Schwartz's wife and young child were home at the time of the incident.

He was quizzed for several hours by investigators but was released on Sunday night without charge "pending further inquiries". Earlier, police said Mr Schwartz was entitled to use "reasonable force" to protect his home and family.

Bradley Soper was found dead in Johan Schwartz’s family home. Picture: Instagram
Bradley Soper was found dead in Johan Schwartz’s family home. Picture: Instagram

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