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Police: Man Killed Queens Mother, Daughter With Hammer

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A city man was charged Wednesday with two counts of first degree murder after police say he killed two women with a hammer in Queens, and sources say he called police after it happened.

Police were called to 24-10 87th Street in East Elmhurst shortly after 12 a.m. and found Estrella Castaneda, 56, and her daughter Lina Castaneda, 25, bludgeoned to death inside.

Sources say the man, identified as Carlos Amarillo, 44, of Queens, is the 56-year-old's boyfriend.

Camilo Alvarez, a neighbor who spoke with NY1, says he heard what sounded like hammering around midnight.

"Sound like something hitting a blunt object. And it wasn't for very long," said Alvarez. "Earlier in the night at nine o'clock I walked by and they had their dog was outside and the front door was wide open and I told the dog to go inside and I paid no mind to it, just another night."

Authorities also took a 7-year-old girl, daughter of Lina Castaneda, into custody.

It is unknown whether she witnessed the crime.

Parents waiting with their children Wednesday morning for the school bus, steps from the Castaneda home, say the little girl used the same bus stop. 

"They were really good, they just came out with the daughter for the school bus and everything. And they were all really quiet. It's just so sad," said one neighbor.

"It's a nice neighborhood," added another neighbor. "It's very quiet. You never have trouble like this."

Sources say Amarillo called police about the bodies.

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