Published On: Wed, Feb 11th, 2015

NC shooting victims identified as Deah Shaddy Barakat, Yusor Mohammad, Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha

Three young adults were shot and killed Tuesday afternoon by Craig Stephen Hicks at an apartment complex in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Police have identified the three victims and confirmed more details surrounding Hicks’ surrender to authorities.

Hicks, 46, has been charged with three counts of first degree murder after turning himself in to the Chatham County Sherriff’s office following the shooting.

photo/Alan Cleaver

photo/Alan Cleaver

Deah Shaddy Barakat, 23, Yusor Mohammad, 21, and Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha, 19, all residents of North Carolina, were identifed as the victims – all Muslim.

Barakat and Mohammed were a husband and wife, and the youngest victim was the wife’s sister.

Deah Barakat was a second-year student in the UNC School of Dentistry. Yusor Mohammad Abu-Salha, his wife, was planning to begin her dental studies at UNC in the fall. Her sister, Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha, was a student at N.C. State University.

The Facebook page “Our Three Winners” was set up Tuesday night with messages purporting to be from the victims’ families, promising updates on funeral arrangements.

The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) urged police to investigate a possible anti-Muslim motive to the shootings.

“Based on the brutal nature of this crime, the past anti-religion statements of the alleged perpetrator, the religious attire of two of the victims, and the rising anti-Muslim rhetoric in American society, we urge state and federal law enforcement authorities to quickly address speculation of a possible bias motive in this case,” said CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad in a statement Wednesday.

The Washington Post reported that the Muslim advocacy group’s communications director Ibrahim Hooper said he had heard “unsubstantiated reports” from local Muslims that the victims had previous interactions with Hicks, including an argument over a parking spot.

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