FBI Launches New Probe Into Chapel Hill Killings As Thousands Mourn In Raleigh

 

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As hundreds gather in Raleigh North Carolina to mourn the deaths of three Muslim in what appears to be a hate crime, the FBI has sprung into action.

Per Times News

In a brief news release late in the day, the FBI said it had launched “a parallel preliminary inquiry to determine whether or not any federal laws were violated related to the case.” The FBI had previously been called in to assist the Chapel Hill police in processing evidence from the crime scene; the new inquiry could broaden the case’s jurisdiction and potentially bolster the charges against the suspect.

The FBI’s announcement came hours after a somber funeral, where 5,500 mourners gathered at N.C. State University. Crowds knelt on a large blue tarp spread on a university soccer field across the street from an Islamic center in West Raleigh.

Three caskets – one gray, one white, one silver – were carried on the shoulders of men who chanted as they entered the field. The caskets were placed on the field, an imam sang the call to prayer and the crowd fell silent. There were several separate prayers, and the mourners bowed down, placing their heads to the ground.

Afterward, the three were buried in an Islamic cemetery near Wendell.

Newlywed Deah Shaddy Barakat, 23; his wife, Yusor Mohammad Abu-Salha, 21; and her sister, Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha, 19, were killed in a shooting Tuesday in Chapel Hill. A neighbor of Barakat and Yusor Abu-Salha, Craig Stephen Hicks, has been charged with three counts of first-degree murder.

Police have said a parking dispute may have led to the slayings, though families think the motive involved animosity based on the victims’ Muslim faith.

Meanwhile, the rest of the world are saying #muslimlivesmatters

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