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Names Released in Murder-Suicide in New Market

Deputies with the Frederick County Sheriff's Office have released the names in connection to the murder-suicide that happened Wednesday night in New Market.

NEW MARKET, Md. - Deputies with the Frederick County Sheriff's Office have released the names in connection to the murder-suicide that happened Wednesday night in New Market.

Deputies say the family, Barbara Giomarelli, 42, of Italy, Benyam Asefa, 40, and three-month-old Samuel Asefa were all discovered dead in the same room of their home on the 6800 block of Woods Court in the Pinehurst development of Lake Linganore.

"That neighbor called 911. Police were notified, as well as fire and rescue units. Deputies soon realized they needed to make immediate entry into the home, which they did. At that time they discovered three deceased individuals," said Cpt. Tim Clarke of the Frederick County Sheriff's Office.

"We are actively investigating it as a murder-suicide. As the investigation has moved forward, there's nothing that we have found that indicates otherwise," Clark said.

Police received the initial call around 8:15 p.m. Wednesday from a neighbor's house.

Deputies tell WHAG although Giomarelli did not take Asefa's last name, the couple were legally married. They say a five-year-old girl was able to make it out of the house, and went to the neighbors for help. Preliminary reports show the young girl survived because she had hid within the home.

Neighbors of this normally quiet community can't believe a tragedy like this could happen so close to home.

"No body thinks it's going to happen right around the corner from where you are, and last night proved that it can happen to any of us at any given time," Kelly Schulz said, who lives nearby.

All three people died as a result from gun shot wounds, according to Clarke with the Frederick County Sheriff's Office. Clarke says they're not releasing who the shooter is at this time, but are classifying the incident as a murder-suicide.

Cause and manner of death will be released when the autopsies are completed, which should be within one day, according to the sheriff's office.

The young girl is reported to be the care of Child Protective Services. 


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