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911 call: Facebook post led to discovery of murdered Raleigh woman, daughter

Posted April 6, 2016 4:47 p.m. EDT
Updated April 7, 2016 2:51 p.m. EDT

— A Facebook post from Raleigh and a concerned relative in Senegal led police to discover the death of a woman and her child Tuesday night.

The call to 911 in Raleigh came from a New York City police operator, who relayed the message of a worried family.

"His niece's husband is here in New York City, so she called him and gave him the information that she is in Africa and that she saw (Diop) posting," the 911 caller said. "He is posting that he is going to end his life, and today is going to be his last day."

According to the 911 call released Wednesday, a woman living in Senegal saw a Facebook post by her relative, 53-year-old Elhadji Diop of Raleigh. She contacted another relative in New York City, who called police there. NYPD relayed the message to Raleigh.

When officers conducted a welfare check at the home in the 5900 block of Farm Gate Road they found Aminata Drame, 40, and her daughter, Fatim Diop, dead in the home.

Elhadji Diop was taken to WakeMed for treatment of unspecified injuries.

Neighbors who live nearby said they did not hear anything but saw a man being taken to an ambulance.

"I was scared," said Mercedes Aviles, who lives in the same townhouse community. "At first, I thought that there was somebody on the loose and we had something to be worried about."

Aviles said she is now trying to wrap her mind around the tragedy.

"It is very sad that something like that happened two or three doors down from us," Aviles said.

Raleigh police officers will formally charge Elhadji Diop with the murder of his wife and daughter when he is released from the hospital.