DThree students of Muslim origin were shot dead by a 46-year-old man named Craig Stephen Hicks near the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill campus. The killing is said to have been motivated due to religious mismatches.
The victims were Deah Shaddy Barakat, 23-year-old, his wife Yusor Mohammad, 21-year-old, and his sister-in-law Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha, 19-year-old. Barakat and Mohammad were recently married, and Mohammad was planning to attend the same University as that of Barakat, the same fall.
The reason for the crime has been identified by the police as an ongoing neighbor dispute over parking and the police claim that Hicks is co-operating in full with them and they will be able to solve the case and serve justice as soon as possible.
Hicks has also been accused of posting and tweeting hate statements against the Muslims. The Muslim activists demand that the man be given the harshest of punishments to show the world that no one has any right to commit a crime based on religious discrimination.
“Remember them like this. Deah and Yusor had names, dreams and families. #MuslimLivesMatter” people tweeted to protest against the crime. Barakat was involved in a charity called Refugee Smiles and was intending to spend the summer in Turkey to provide dental care to Syrian refugees. There is a video of him on YouTube, asking for donations for the cause.
The American-Islamic Relations Council has asked the police to speculate a religion related motive. The Muslim Public Affairs Council is also requesting a thorough investigation to identify the motives of the shooter due to his previous social media posts.
Killing any human being is wrong and especially if it’s just on the basis of religion is highly inhuman. We have no right over telling someone what is right and what is wrong, but some people just don’t get this. Not every Muslim is a terrorist, and some people need to learn that. Just because someone comes from a particular religion doesn’t describe them, everyone has their own individuality, and they represent themselves through that.