Funeral held for murdered Peekskill couple

Friends and family said a final goodbye Saturday to the Peekskill couple that was beaten, strangled and burned inside their home, allegedly by the wife?s own son. Hundreds of people filed into St. Peter's

News 12 Staff

Nov 11, 2008, 6:11 PM

Updated 5,672 days ago

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Funeral held for murdered Peekskill couple
Friends and family said a final goodbye Saturday to the Peekskill couple that was beaten, strangled and burned inside their home, allegedly by the wife?s own son.
Hundreds of people filed into St. Peter's Church on North Division Street in Peekskill for a memorial service to mourn the loss of Thomas and Cathy Asaro, both 51 years old, who were murdered in cold blood.
"I don't know what makes people snap like that," Thomas Underwood says. "It's a shame ? two good people are gone."
Underwood was a long-time friend of the Asaros. He sold them their home, and he had plans to enjoy a barbecue with the couple the day after they were killed. Underwood also knew Cathy Asaro?s son, 32-year-old Jason Bethea. He says Bethea seemed like a nice man at the time, but he had problems.
"He was in jail in Peru for trying to smuggle cocaine to the U.S.," Underwood says. "And Cathy and Tommy supported him financially."
Bethea is currently being held at the Westchester County Jail on two counts of second-degree murder while his case is presented to a grand jury. If convicted, Bethea could face life in prison.


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