Benyam Asefa shot, killed wife and son while daughter was upstairs, officials say

A man, his wife and infant son were all killed in the murder-suicide. Photo: Tom Roussey

FREDERICK, Md. (WJLA) - A New Market man who had just lost his job shot both his wife and 3-month-old son before turning the gun on himself last Wednesday night, authorities have concluded.

Frederick County Sheriff's Office officials say that Benyam Asefa got into a verbal argument with his wife, 42-year-old Barbara Giomarelli, before shooting both her and their son, Samuel, inside their Frederick County home.The shooting happened sometime between 6 and 8 p.m. On Nov. 20 at a home in the 6800 block of Woods Court, authorities say. Inside the home at the time where Asefa, Giomareli, Samuel and their 5-year-old daughter.

Authorities say that as Giomarelli was getting ready to give their daughter a bath, Asefa entered the bathroom and got into an argument with his wife. They then both wend downstairs while she was holding their infant son.

While their daughter sat upstairs in the bathtub, Sheriff's officials say that Asefa pulled out a handgun and shot Giomarelli. The bullet that hit her also hit their son as well, killing both.

Asefa then turned the gun on himself. Meanwhile, the 5-year-old girl was able to get out of the tub, dressed herself, and discovered her family members deceased downstairs. She then went to a neighbor's house, where a call to 911 was made.

The 5-year-old girl remains in the custody of Child Protective Services.

Authorities say that Asefa had recently been dismissed from his job as a contractor for the National Institute of Allergies and Infectious Diseases at Fort Detrick.

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