Three young Muslim students were killed in their homes yesterday. They were shot in the head.
A 46-year-old man has been charged with murder in the shooting death of three Muslim students in an apartment near the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill campus.
Police haven’t said what may have compelled the accused, Craig Stephen Hicks, to allegedly carry out the attack Tuesday evening. He turned himself in to police later in the night.
But given the victims’ religion and comments the alleged shooter apparently left on a Facebook page, many social media users wondered what role, if any, the victims’ faith played.
The victims were Muslims: Deah Shaddy Barakat, 23; Yusor Mohammad, 21; and Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha, 19.
Barakat was Mohammad’s husband; Abu-Salha was her sister, the school said.
Barakat was a second-year student at the UNC School of Dentistry, who was raising money on a fundraising site to provide dental care to Syrian refugees in Turkey.
He had been married for just over a month to Yusor Mohammad, who was planning to begin her dental studies at UNC in the fall, according to the school
Abu-Salha was a student at North Carolina State University in Raleigh.
The alleged shooter, Craig Stephen Hicks, had an active anti-theist presence on social media. Early this morning, Richard Dawkins tweeted the following:
http://t.co/pdtwnKqYG3How could any decent person NOT condemn the vile murder of three young US Muslims in Chapel Hill?
— Richard Dawkins (@RichardDawkins) February 11, 2015
I’ll return to this after some respectful distance has passed, but in the meantime, Buzzfeed has a touching look at the lives of the victims
— Ιman | ايمان (@ImaniAmrani) February 11, 2015