Three Members Of Muslim Family Murdered At Chapel Hill Home
Three members of a Muslim family were shot to death Tuesday in their home near the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill campus.
Via HuffingtonPost reports:
The suspect, 46-year-old Craig Stephen Hicks, surrendered and was arrested on charges of first-degree murder. He is accused of killing Deah Barakat, 23, Barakat’s wife, Yusor Abu-Salha, 23, and Yusor’s sister, Razan Abu-Salha, 21.
Police responded to reports of gunshots at about 5:15 p.m., Tuesday, when they found the victims’ bodies. The shooting happened in a neighborhood that is mostly rental apartments where students live, and crime there is low, according to the News and Observer.
The gruesome scene has sparked an outcry on Facebook and Twitter, as word circulated that Hicks described himself as an “anti-theist” and criticized religions online, according to The Independent. That revelation, as well as a lack of media attention to the shooting Tuesday night, reportedly led to a “#MuslimLivesMatter” hashtag. Police have not released a motive for the killings.
Each of the young family members were students. Yusor — who married Barakat in December, according to their Facebook profiles — was studying human biology at North Carolina State University and was planning to graduate this year. Razan was studying architecture and environmental design at North Carolina State University last year, according to her Facebook page.
Please keep this family in your prayers tonight. We extend our deepest condolences as they go through this time of mourning and grief.