#MuslimLivesMatter: Three Muslim Students Shot And Killed Near UNC Chapel Hill

 

Gawker

Gawker

Tragedy has made it’s presence felt on the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill today.

Per AP:

Craig Stephen Hicks, 46, has been charged by Chapel Hill, NC police with three counts of first-degree murder for the deaths of three Muslim college students, who were all shot in the head at an apartment complex near the University of North Carolina campus. All three were pronounced dead at the scene.

According to WRAL, Hicks turned himself to police Tuesday night. Hicks is accused of shooting and killing Deah Shaddy Barakat, 23; Barakat’s wife, Yusor Mohammad, 21; and her sister, Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha, 19.

Barakat, the Charlotte Observer reports, was a doctoral student at UNC-Chapel Hill’s School of Dentistry; his wife and sister were students at North Carolina State University.

While a motive for the killings has yet to have been established by police, speculation swirls on social media that the shootings were motivated by religion.

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