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November 25, 2013

Police determine that father was shooter in murder-suicide near New Market

FREDERICK (AP) — The father was the shooter in a murder-suicide last week that left him, his wife and infant son dead in their home near New Market, the Frederick County Sheriff’s Office said Monday.

Benyam Asefa, 40, and his wife Barbara Giomarelli, 42, started arguing Wednesday evening as she gave their 5-year-old daughter a bath, said Capt. Tim Clarke.

They took their disagreement downstairs, where Asefa shot Giomarelli with a registered, 9 mm handgun, Clarke said. The bullet passed through Giomarelli and killed their 3-month-old son Samuel Asefa in his mother’s arms, Clarke said.

Asefa then shot himself, Clarke said.

The little girl got dressed, went downstairs and saw the scene, then sought help from a neighbor, who called 911, Clarke said.

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