OTTAWA – Gatineau police say a father and his two young children died in Aylmer, Que. The house was a double murder-suicide.
Officers were sent home to conduct a “health check” on Rue Dunkirk after 2 p.m. Wednesday.
Bodies of a 51-year-old man and two girls aged three and five were found inside the house.
In a statement Thursday afternoon, police say investigators have concluded that both girls were victims of a homicide, and that the father had taken his own life. Police said the daughters did not show any signs of violence.
The victims have been identified as three-year-old Orly Kapcha and five-year-old Lil Kapcha. Police have identified the father as 51-year-old Essodom Kappcha.
A police spokesman told Granthshala News Ottawa on Thursday that investigators suspect a “family drama” was linked to the deaths.
Neighbors say they are shocked by the accident on a quiet residential road.
Nicolas Chartier said, “When I heard that both girls had died, I was horrified.” “You know it’s kids, it’s hard to watch kids die. I think everyone in the neighborhood was in shock.”
A neighbor said that the father had come to the neighborhood only a few months back.
Rue Dunkirk was closed for investigation but has reopened, Gatineau police said on Thursday.