Double murder suspect Abey Belete Girma Captured
Abey Belete Girma, the man suspected of killing an Ethiopian couple in Dallas, was captured and placed in custody in Aurora, Colorado last night.
An official of the Aurora Detention Center said the 37-year-old suspect is currently awaiting extradition to Texas, where he is likely to face the death penalty if convicted.
Dallas Police said he fled the state after he allegedly shot to death 40-year-old Desta Yenenesh and 31-year-old Lemma Yayehyirad on the door steps of their house Wednesday morning.
Girma later admitted to his friend that he followed them home and shot them because they had ‘disrespected’ him.
The tragic double murder has stunned the tight-knit Ethiopian community in Dallas. Many later were in disbelief after learning an Ethiopian was named the suspect.
The couple, which owned a popular Ethiopian restaurant named Desta on Greenville Avenue, leave behind a one-year-old son.
Dallas police issue warrant in M Streets murder case
By REBECCA LOPEZ
Aug 17, 2012
WFAA (DALLAS) — Police say they know who killed a couple outside their home in Dallas’ M Street neighborhood early Tuesday morning.
Investigators believe Abey Girma fled to Kansas, and he remains at large.
Meanwhile the family of Yayehyirad Lemma and Yenenesh Desta gathered at their Garland church to remember the couple. Both came to the Dallas area from Ethiopia more than a decade ago for new opportunities.
“The two of them together made the best couple any of us have ever known,” said Lemma’s sister, Tizeta Getachew.
Dallas police said Abey Girma is their primary suspect. Detectives believe he followed the couple home from their North Dallas restaurant and shot them.
A court document states Girma admitted to a co-worker he walked up to Lemma first and confronted him on the front porch, saying he had “disrespected” him.
The documents say Girma told that co-worker that Lemma continued to disrespect him, so he shot him; He claimed he shot Yenenesh Desta because she had also disrespected him.
“It’s very bizarre to us, because I don’t’ think anyone or anyone at this church would ever say that they would ever ‘disrespect’ anyone,” Getachew said.
The family said the couple was well-loved, and wanted to help people.
“I just want everyone to know that they were wonderful, beautiful people that we lost, and they will be missed dearly,” Getachew said.
The Ethiopian community is tight-knit. Lemma and Desta’s deaths have left them broken-hearted.
Dallas police say Girma’s co-worker claims he was taken against his will to Kansas. He said that’s when Girma told him what happened, and showed him the possible murder weapon.
Police are still looking for Girma, but are convinced he has fled the state.