Man killed his 2 daughters then himself, Gatineau police say

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Gatineau police closed off rue de Dunkerque to traffic overnight after a father and his two children were found dead. Police say the investigation is ongoing. (Christian Milette/Radio-Canada - image credit)
Gatineau police closed off rue de Dunkerque to traffic overnight after a father and his two children were found dead. Police say the investigation is ongoing. (Christian Milette/Radio-Canada - image credit)

Police in Gatineau, Que., say a 51-year-old man killed his two daughters, age 3 and 5, before taking his own life at a home in the city's Aylmer sector.

Gatineau police say they attended a home on rue de Dunkerque to conduct a wellness check just after 2 p.m. Wednesday. Once inside, officers discovered the bodies of a man and two children.

Police confirmed Thursday the victims have been identified as Essodom Kpatcha, 51, and his two daughters, Orli Kpatcha, 3, and Liel Kpatcha, 5.

Investigators finished examining the scene on Wednesday evening, police say, and autopsies were conducted Thursday to determine the cause of death. The coroner was also involved.

Christian Milette/Radio-Canada
Christian Milette/Radio-Canada

Signs of domestic violence, neighbours say

Neighbours told CBC News this tragedy comes just weeks after police responded to an incident at the home.

Audrée Vachon, who lives across the street, says on that day she heard yelling from a woman she identified as the mother of the two children.

"This woman came out yelling for help. She kept saying 'Help! Help! My kids!'" Vachon said.

Vachon said the woman had a "busted lip and bruises on her cheekbone."

Other neighbours interviewed by CBC confirmed those details, and said police had shown up at the same home other times in the past.

Gatineau police did not confirm what neighbours told CBC.

Police say crisis response units have been set up at the older sister's school and the younger sister's daycare.

Mental health support has also been offered to police officers and civilian support of the investigation.

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