Three Muslim students were murdered in CHAPEL HILL, N.C. in what can only be described as a hate crime. As usual, the popular media did not mention that it was a targeted murder committed by a White racist whose all victims were Muslims who were born in the USA and were residents of North Carolina. The three victims included — a man, his wife and her sister — all college students. They were shot to death at a quiet condominium complex near the University of North Carolina, but police had not yet given a motive or released details about the suspect.
You may recall the recent controversy surrounding another university campus in North Carolina where Muslims were denied the right to call adhan after hatemongering Xian priest Franklin Graham's objection. I won't be surprised to learn that the murderer was influenced by Graham's hatred of Islam and Muslims.
Craig Stephen Hicks, 46, was charged with three counts of first-degree murder in the Tuesday shooting, Chapel Hill police told local news outlets. He is being held at the Durham County Jail and was expected to make a first court appearance Wednesday morning.
Barakat and Mohammad were married, and Abu-Salha was Mohammad's sister, according to UNC.
Barakat was a second-year dental student there, and Yusor was scheduled to begin dental studies in the fall. Abu-Salha was a student at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, according to UNC.
The neighborhood where they were found consists mostly of rental apartments and condominiums.
"It's a very quiet community," resident Bethany Boring told WRAL-TV. "It's a lot of graduate and professional students. You know, professional families."
Police have not released a motive and said the investigation is continuing. A police spokesman did not immediately return telephone messages Wednesday. UNC said its chancellor would issue a message to campus later Wednesday but gave no other details.