Vigil planned for double homicide victims

By Brandi Bailey

Vigil planned for double homicide victims

March 25, 2013 Updated Mar 25, 2013 at 7:27 PM EDT

(WBNG Binghamton) Friends and family of the victims in the town of Binghamton double homicide are planning a candlelight vigil.

Mario Masciarelli and Christina Powell were found dead Friday morning at 4185 Lisi Lane in the town of Binghamton. Broome County Sheriff David Harder said Saturday Masciarelli was hit over the head with a blunt object and Christina Powell was strangled.

Police are looking for Christina Powell's estranged husband, Aaron Powell, as a person of interest in the case. They have not named Powell as the suspect in the killings.

Mario Masciarelli, 24, graduated from Susquehanna Valley High School in 2006. He owned T&M Construction.

Members of his family declined to comment on any other information regarding the investigation.

Christina Powell, 35, also went to Susquehanna Valley High School graduating in 1995.

Details are limited on Aaron Powell.

Sheriff David Harder said Saturday Aaron Powell had been arrested for criminal contempt for violating an order of protection in the past. However, Harder said it did not involve Christina, and is not related to their investigation.

Broome sheriff's investigators had no information on his occupation or where he worked.

He was an assistant coach for the Southern Tier Hockey Association's mini-mites Team Paulay.

The STHA issued a statement late Monday, saying the incident should be treated as a domestic situation. They also said background checks are performed on all coaches and managers.

"The STHA passes along our heartfelt condolences to the victims and families affected by Friday's tragedy," wrote STHA President Kirk Avery. "The STHA in conjunction with the NYSAHA performs background checks on all organization coaches and managers. This tragedy is a domestic situation and is not an STHA matter. Our thoughts and prayers are with all those affected by this incident and those working to bring the tragedy to closure."

While authorities from across the region continue their search for Aaron Powell, family and friends of the dead are planning a remembrance.

A post circulating on Facebook details a candlelight vigil for Masciarelli and Christina Powell.

It's set for 7:30 p.m., Wednesday at Recreation Park in Binghamton.

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