New Market community gathers to mourn Asefa family

NEW MARKET, Md. (WJLA) - The New Market community gathered Saturday night to mourn a family killed in a murder-suicide last week.

Benyam Asefa, his wife, Barbara, and their three-month-old son were found dead inside their New Market home Wednesday after the couple's five-year-old daughter ran to a neighbor for help.

Neighbors and friends braved gusting winds and snow flurries for a candlelight vigil, trying to make sense of the senseless.

“We may never know why this happened. We certainly never approve, but we must find a way to forgive,” says Dean Mosher, a neighbor.

Asefa was a clinical immunologist at NIH; his wife, Barbara Giomarelli, was employed as a researcher with the University of Maryland.

“You go through the emotional spectrum. Start off angry and might be misunderstood and sad. You have to get past the anger,” Mosher says.

The group showed solidarity for an exceptionally brave five-year-old girl, the only survivor of this tragedy.

“She’s an extremely bright girl, a lot of fun. You never know what’s going to come out of her mouth next," says neighbor Susan Mitchell.

The Asefa's daughter is now in protective custody.

Police will continue to interview relatives of both the husband and wife in an effort to gather more information. Until then, they say they will not be releasing additional details.