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Autopsy Confirms Raleigh Man Committed Suicide in Burning Apartment

Posted May 23, 2007 11:57 a.m. EDT

— State pathologists confirmed Wednesday that a Raleigh man who was found dead along with his wife and daughter after an apartment fire in February died of a gunshot wound to the head and may have been alive for a time while the fire burned.

Noureddine Elamrani, 30, whom police had said killed himself after killing his wife and daughter at their Roselle Court apartment, died from a single .45-caliber bullet, the State Medical Examiner's Office said in reporting the findings of an autopsy. The examiner ruled the death a suicide.

The examination also said Elamrani had inhaled smoke and soot and had elevated carbon monoxide in his blood, indicating he was breathing for at least some time while fire burned. The autopsy was performed Feb. 23, the day after firefighters found Elamrani, Rosa Elena Carranza-Morales, 26, and Dayna Sofia Elamrani-Carranza, 11 months, in the apartment. Elamrani was in a bedroom closet, the report said.

Carranza-Morales had taken out a restraining order against Elamrani nine days before the fire, according to court records. She said in her filing that Elamrani beat her and she feared he would kill her.