RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – Hundreds of people showed up Friday afternoon for the funeral for a 40-year-old woman and her 2-year-old daughter, who were found dead at their Raleigh home Tuesday evening.
The funeral for Aminata Drame and Fatim Diop was held at the Islamic Center of Raleigh on Atwater Street. Their bodies were in a single casket.
“She should still be here with us,” said a friend of Drame’s.
Police found Drame, who went by the name Amy Leye on Facebook, and Diop their home in the 5900 block of Farm Gate Road after officers conducted a welfare check.
Police said Elhadji Diop, 53, will be formally charged with two counts of murder in the deaths of his wife and daughter. Police said Diop tried committing suicide and suffered non-life threatening lacerations and also ingested toxic substances.He will be served with murder warrants when he leaves the hospital.
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.
The prayer service for the mother and daughter lasted just a few minutes but included hundreds of members of the mosque at the Raleigh Islamic Center.
“This is a community in sorrow, so we all come together in sorrow and support each other like an actual family,” said Fiaz Fareed, the outreach director of the Islamic Center.
Aminata Drame’s mother and sister were at the service but were too grief-stricken to speak to the media.
“Drame worked at the Apex post office as a letter carrier. She had worked there about a month.
“She was sweet and kind and a gentle spirit,” said co-worker Jessica Shaffer. “Everyone loved her. The whole office is shaking now.”
A GoFundMe page was set up to help pay for funeral costs.