Three members of a Muslim family were killed on Tuesday near the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, allegedly by a militant atheist
Three American Muslims have been shot dead near the University of North Carolina campus in Chapel Hill in the US.
The three were named by police as Deah Shaddy Barakat, 23, his wife Yusor Abu-Salha, 21 and her sister, Razan Abu-Salha, 19.
In a statement, police said they responded to a report of gunshots in the usually quiet area of Summerwalk Circle in Chapel Hill at 5.11pm local time on Tuesday. Upon arrival, officers found the three young individuals, who were pronounced dead at the scene.
The Independent reported that some residents were unaware of what had happened until police arrived.
A 46-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of three counts of murder. He was named by police as Craig Stephen Hicks who confirmed he had been charged.
To share the achievements of the slain students, friends and family members created a Facebook page, Our Three Winners, early Wednesday. Several of the posts showed images of Mr. Barakat and Yusor Abu-Salha at their wedding.
Friends also praised Mr. Barakat’s work with a charity that provided dental supplies to the poor, and noted that he planned to travel to Turkey to provide dental care to refugees from the civil war in Syria, narrating a video to raise money.
On the U.N.C. campus on Wednesday evening, thousands packed the central plaza known as the Pit in a silent, dramatic show of solidarity. Dozens of friends and relatives offered remembrances. One, who did not give her name, concluded her speech: “Muslim lives matter. All lives matter.”