A man was charged with the murders of his wife and daughter after a Facebook post tipped off a relative halfway around the world.
Elhadji Seydou Diop was charged with the murders of his wife, 40-year-old Aminata Drame, and his daughter, 2-year-old Fatim Diop. The 53-year-old is alleged to have fatally shot both of them and then tried to take his own life.
Diop, who lives in North Carolina, wrote Facebook statuses that concerned a relative in Senegal. One post, which appeared to show images of his wife and daughter dead on the floor, read "Look what god did 2. Me. A beautiful family .all gone."
The relative started a chain to check on the well-being of Diop and his 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 told WRAL. "He is posting that he is going to end his life, and today is going to be his last day."
New York Police Department contacted officials in Raleigh, North Carolina, who performed a welfare check at Diop’s home and discovered the bodies of Diop’s wife and child. The suspect was taken to the hospital, as he allegedly ingested a "toxic substance" and had "non-life threatening cuts" on his body.
"This is a tragedy," said Wake County District Attorney Lorrin Freeman, reported WNCN. "It’s a serious case. Any time there is a child involved this is a huge loss to our community. We’re going to be taking this case very seriously."
Criminal psychologist Maurice Goodwin told WTVD he believes Diop posted the photos on Facebook in an attempt to form the beginnings of an insanity defense, and that he doubts he ever truly intended to kill himself.
"They say, 'This guy must be crazy to do something, posting pictures of his wife and kid on Facebook,'" Goodwin stated. "Well, that's a part of the plan."
Diop is being held without bail due to the severity of the charges. He may face the death penalty or life in prison without the possibility of parole.