Monday, November 25, 2013

5-year-old girl escapes Maryland horror of murder-suicide to call for help

Authorities found Benyam "Ben" Asefa, 40, Barbara Giomarelli, 42, and 3-month-old Samuel Asefa dead in Frederick County, Md., but miraculously, a 5-year-old girl survived and alerted police to shooting, according to reports.


Authorities found Benyam "Ben" Asefa, 40, Barbara Giomarelli, 42, and 3-month-old Samuel Asefa dead in Frederick County, Md., but miraculously, a 5-year-old girl survived and alerted police to shooting, according to reports.
 Three people — including an infant — are dead in an apparent double murder-suicide in Maryland, according to reports.

Miraculously, a 5-year-old girl escaped the bloodshed and alerted her neighbors on Woods Court in New Market to the gruesome slaying.

Authorities found Benyam "Ben" Asefa, 40, Barbara Giomarelli, 42, and 3-month-old Samuel Asefa dead in Frederick County, Md., but miraculously, a 5-year-old girl survived and alerted police to shooting, according to reports.

The victims were identified as Benyam "Ben" Asefa, 40, Barbara Giomarelli, 42, and 3-month-old Samuel Asefa, NBC Washington reported.

 Neighbors were shocked that the man, who appears to be the children’s father, would turn a gun on such a young kid.

“I don’t know how anyone could do that, especially a baby,” a stunned Brent Preston, who lives nearby, told the station.

A motive has yet to be specified. The little girl is in the custody of child protective services.

The Frederick County Sheriff's office says a 5-year-old girl safely escaped the scene of an apparent murder-suicide that left three others dead. It is unclear what sparked the incident.

The Frederick County Police Department did not immediately return a call for comment.

The station said Asefa worked for the Lovelace Respiratory Research Institute as a clinical immunologist.

The victims of the gruesome killing have yet to be identified. The little girl is in the custody of child protective services.
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