More than 100 people gathered outside 27-year-old Andrew Hoffman's home Sunday evening, the site of a murder/suicide crime scene hours earlier.
"Andy's father called me early this morning and told me, he told me about it," said Rick Hoffman, a friend of the family's.
The 27-year-old Baltimore City Firefighter and his 26-year-old girlfriend, Marie Hartman, were shot and killed in his Glen Burnie home around 1:30 Sunday morning.
"We're just trying to get through this terrible ordeal, but we just don't know why," said Hartman's mother, Pamela Chaney. "She was amazing. Everybody loved her."
Family members say Hartman's ex-boyfriend, Baltimore City Police Officer Christopher Robinson, shot and killed the couple. Now, they're calling Hoffman a hero, saying he saved Hartman's 18-year-old sister who was also in the home, and attempted to save Hartman.
"That's what's most important; I didn't bury two daughters. Thanks to Andy putting his life on the line for my daughters," Chaney said.
Added Hartman's father, Edward Chaney: "He was a hero even off duty."
It's not the first time the firefighter and paramedic earned the 'hero' title. This past summer, Hoffman made headlines when he found and saved a 3-year-old boy wandering the streets in Anne Arundel County in the early hours of the morning.
Family, friends, and loved ones say they're left with unanswered questions.
"If there was a way God could bring her back to me and my daughter, I wish there was a prayer to answer to that. Because we miss her unconditionally," says Hartman's Grandmother, Rosezella Sparenberg.
Robinson, 37, shot and killed himself after the shooting.
Officials aren't yet commenting on a motive, but they are acknowledging that it is a domestic incident.
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