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OTTAWA – Gatineau police say the death of a father and his two young children in Aylmer, Que. house were a double murder-suicide.

Officers were dispatched to the home on Rue Dunkerque shortly after 2 pm Wednesday to conduct a “wellness check.”

The bodies of a 51-year-old man and two girls, ages three and five, were found inside the house.

In a statement Thursday afternoon, police say investigators concluded that the two girls were victims of a homicide and that the father had taken his own life. Police said the daughters showed no signs of violence.

The victims have been identified as Orli Kpatcha, three years old, and Liel Kpatcha, five years old. Police identified the father as 51-year-old Essodom Kpatcha.

A police spokesman told CTV News Ottawa on Thursday that investigators suspected a “family drama” was linked to the deaths.

Neighbors say they are shocked by the tragedy on the quiet residential street.

“When I heard that the two girls died, I was a little scared,” said Nicholas Chartier. “You know they are children, it’s hard to see children dying. I think everyone in the neighborhood was in shock.”

A neighbor said the father had just moved into the neighborhood a couple of months ago.

Rue Dunkerque was closed for the investigation but has reopened, Gatineau police said Thursday.

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