Abraham was killed, at least in part, for financial reasons. His death would result in a financial windfall for the Meharis, and the freedom to use the money as they wished. Once Abraham was dead, Asmerom Gebreselassie's accusations that the Meharis had killed Abraham threatened to expose the truth, through investigations by the Berkeley Police Department, the life insurance company, as well as the Gebreselassie's family own investigation through the Mayo's clinic.

In addition, and perhaps more importantly, his accusations were preventing realization of the major aim of Abraham's death, payment of the $500,000 life insurance policy. Despite the fact that she had filed her claim in April 2006, as of Thanksgiving Day of 2006, the proceeds from the insurance had still not been paid to Winta Mehari. Elimination of their accuser, Asmerom Gebreselassie, was a way to take care of the only obstacle to the payment of that money.