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Police: Father was shooter in Md. murder-suicide

Monday - 11/25/2013, 3:40pm  ET

PAN PYLAS
AP Business Writer

FREDERICK, Md. (AP) -- The Frederick County Sheriff's Office says the father was the shooter in a murder-suicide last week that left three family members dead in their home near New Market.

Capt. Tim Clarke said Monday that 40-year-old Benyam Asefa (as-EF'-ah) and his 42-year-old wife Barbara Giomarelli started arguing Wednesday evening as she gave their 5-year-old daughter a bath.

Clarke says they took their disagreement downstairs to the kitchen, where Asefa shot Giomarelli with a registered, 9 mm handgun.

Clarke says the bullet passed through Giomarelli and killed 3-month-old Samuel Asefa in his mother's arms. Benyam Asefa then shot himself.

Clark says the girl discovered the scene and sought help from a neighbor, who called 911.

Investigators have learned that the couple had previous domestic problems, but police had never been called.


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