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NRK: One mother and two adult daughters found dead in an apartment at Romsås in Oslo,after worried neighbors and the municipality alerted the police

Posted by: Semere Asmelash

Date: Thursday, 19 October 2017
Kjente de tre avdøde kvinnene: – Vi prøvde å hjelpe

Felt the three deceased women: - We tried to help

The three women found dead in an apartment on Romsås lived almost without contact with the outside world, telling two of those who were probably the last who saw the women alive.

Solomon Habtay og Beretek Abraham
 Solomon Habtay and Bereket Abraham tells that the Eritrean environment in Oslo is shocked  after three Eritrean women were found dead in an apartment on Romsås on Thursday.
Photo: Mathias Ogre / NRK

"I was broken when I heard what had happened.

Bereket Abraham and Solomon Habtay are clearly marked when they tell of the last time they saw the mother (69) and the two daughters (35 and 28) before they were found dead at Romsås last Thursday.

The mother and the oldest daughter came to Norway as refugees from Eritrea in the 80's, and the youngest daughter was Norwegian-Eritrean. Habtay and Abraham tell that many in the Eritrean environment in Oslo wanted to come into contact with the family, who lived an isolated life.

They estimate that it was one evening at the end of June they visited the women in the apartment on Romsås.

"We were lucky. It was very rare someone got into them, "said Abraham.

They tell that the visit was nice and that there was little that suggested something was wrong. That same evening they agreed with the youngest daughter to seek out Nav.

"She would like to go to work, and that evening she said she did."

"She would like to go to work and that evening she said she would work in kindergarten," says Habtay.

The next day Abraham returned to meet the woman. But when he knocked at the door, he did not get any answer.

"Before I knocked, I heard that someone was in the apartment, but nobody opened. I knocked and shouted, but no one answered, Abraham said.

A week later, Abraham tried to visit the apartment again, but he did not answer either.

The police can not determine exactly when the three women died, but estimates that it occurred in late summer. Abraham and Habtay were probably among the last who saw the women alive.

- It's tragic, it's shock. We are completely broken, we do not have words, they say.
In shock

The eritic environment is now strongly influenced by what has happened. Several NRK have talked with saying they are very upset, asking themselves what they could do to help the three women.

"Many have tried, especially the Eritrean environment at Romsås has tried to get in touch with them, but it has been difficult," says Abraham.

The environment was a long time worried and talked several times together, including in church meetings, about what they could do.

- But they almost never opened the door when I tried to come to visit. I would help, but it was hard to keep in touch, "said Habtay.

Police's three theories

On Tuesday, the police told NRK that they have three theories at this time. They believe that women may have died of poisoning, illness or embarrassment.

A preliminary autopsy has been made that has not given the police more responses.

The police have not found anything in the apartment on Romsås, which indicates that they have eaten something and got poisoning.

"It seems inexplicable," said Moen.


ROMSÅS: In an apartment in the city of Drabant, three women were found dead, after worried neighbors and the municipality alerted the police. No one had seen any of them for very long.
Photo: Nadir Alam / NRK

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