3 Muslim Students Killed in Shooting

In the university town of Chapel Hill, a gunman killed three Muslim students, including a husband and wife. Read more details and view the last Facebook posts of the victims.

Police arrested Craig Stephen Hicks, 46, in the shooting of three Muslim students attending the University of North Carolina. The students were identified as Deah Shaddy Barakat, 23, his wife Yusor Abu-Salha, 21, and her sister Razan Abu-Salha, 19.

The shooting happened on Tuesday just outside the campus at the condo complex where the students lived. The students were pronounced dead at the scene when police arrived shortly after 5 p.m. (EST). Hicks turned himself in soon after.

It is still being determined if the alleged shooter killed the students because of their religion, however, outrage has stirred in the Muslim community. People claim there was a lack of media coverage of the shooting. Support via social media spread with various hashtags, such as #MuslimLivesMatter and #3Muslim.

Updated 11:33 a.m. (EST): According to CNN, police said “an ongoing neighbor dispute over parking” may have  been a factor in the shootings.

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Deah was a dental student at UNC. He volunteered for the Miswak Foundation, which provides dental supplies for people who can’t access them easily. One of his last Facebook posts showed him giving out dental supplies to homeless people in downtown Durham.

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In this video, Deah shared his plans to travel to Syria to provide dental care to refugees.

Deah and his wife Yusor married in December 2014. Two days before her death, she posted this photo dancing with her father at the wedding. According to her Facebook page she was studying human biology at UNC and was going to start dental school. Her sister Razan reportedly was a talented architect.

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Hicks has been charged with three counts of first-degree murder.

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