RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – A Raleigh father is facing murder charges after his wife and daughter were found dead at their home on Farm Gate Road after concerns were raised about the father’s recent Facebook posts.
Police conducted a welfare check in the 5900 block of Farm Gate Road on Tuesday evening. When officers arrived, they found the bodies of a woman and a toddler.
Police identified the victims Wednesday afternoon as Aminata Drame, 40, and Fatim Diop, 2. Both resided at the home.
Police have charged 53-year-old Elhadji Diop, the husband of Drame and father of Diop, with two counts of murder.
Diop was also found at the home and was taken to WakeMed for medical treatment. Police said he was being treated for medical conditions that appeared to be serious, however the details of his condition was not immediately released.
According to a 911 call, the suspect’s niece, who lives in Senegal and saw Facebook posts from Diop indicating he was going to end his life, contacted her husband in New York. He contacted the New York Police Department, who then reached out to Raleigh Police.
A family friend said Diop’s Facebook page was taken offline by Facebook Wednesday night. The family friend said Drame went by the name Amy Leye on Facebook.
CBS North Carolina saw family members taking items from the residence, but they were too grief-stricken to speak to the media.
One neighbor, Patricio Cuneo, said the family moved in at the beginning of the month. A family friend said the family recently moved to the area from New Jersey and that Drame was going back to school and had gotten a job at a post office. The family friend also said Diop was a long-distance truck driver but had not worked for months and the couple had been arguing.
One neighbor, Mercedes Aviles, said those in the home usually kept to themselves.
“They are very quiet,” Aviles said. “They are always in the house. I don’t remember seeing them outside unless they were bringing in groceries.”
She said neighbors were worried at first that there might be somebody “on the loose.”
“But we had a little bit of relief when they [police] told us that whatever happened inside that house was from the people that were inside the house,” Aviles said.
Aviles told CBS North Carolina that the police asked her if she ever heard the family fighting or arguing. She said she saw the man who lived in the home being taken to the EMS truck.
“He had no mask on his face,” she said. “It didn’t seem like he was in critical condition.”
Raleigh Police have not disclosed how Drame and her 2-year-old daughter were killed.