Police Say Woman, Baby Murdered In Fire
By Elliott West, Raleigh Chronicle News Editor
Tuesday, March 27, 2007
RALEIGH - As the Raleigh Chronicle first indicated in February, authorities are now confirming that one of two large fires that took place on February 22nd was arson.
The day of February 22nd will be long remembered in Raleigh's history as high winds fanned flames in several fires including a fire that destroyed over 30 homes just off of Capital Boulevard. [related article]
The second fire was at the Pines of Ashton apartment complex on Roselle Court where several apartments were destroyed and where firefighters found three bodies.
The Raleigh Police Department is now saying that the Roselle Court fire was intentionally set to cover up a murder - suicide which resulted in the death of a woman and her child as well as her boyfriend.
"Based upon a thorough analysis of available information, two of the deaths occurring on Roselle Court February 22 have been investigated as homicides and the third as a suicide," said Raleigh Police Department spokesman Jim Sughrue in a statement to the media earlier today.
Police say that the facts and evidence obtained so far in the case indicate that Rosa Elena Carranza-Morales, age 26, and her infant baby Dayna Sofia Elamrani -Carranza were murdered by her boyfriend, Noureddine Elamrani, age 30.
A local newspaper reported shortly after the fire that Carranza-Morales died from a knife wound and had died before the fire started.
Carranza-Morales had evidently experienced problems with her boyfriend before the incidents took place on February 22nd.
According to a report on WRAL-TV which cited court records, Carranza-Morales had taken out a 50B Domestic Violence Restraining Order on Elamrani only nine days before the fire, saying that he had beaten her.
Raleigh Police spokesman Jim Sughrue said that after killing Carranza-Morales and her baby, Elamrani subsequently died of a self inflicted gunshot wound. However, before doing so, he had started the fire in the apartment that eventually led to the discovery of the crime scene.
Sughrue added that the department is awaiting the final official results from the autopsies performed by the NC Office of the Chief Medical Examiner.
The Fire Details
In addition to the victim's apartment being destroyed, around 17 other people were left without homes after their apartments were damaged in the blaze.
On the day of the fire, according to Captain Chris Bertram of the Raleigh Police Department, the Raleigh Fire Department responded at 3:03pm to the apartment fire on Roselle Court and discovered the bodies.
"After breaching the door to fight the fire, they discovered a body inside," said Captain Bertram in a released statement at the time. "During the course of fighting the fire, two other bodies were discovered."
In the initial fire reports, police originally said that a four year old girl from the apartment was missing, but they reported the next morning that the child had been located and was with family members. ::