Three young Muslim Americans were shot dead in a neighborhood in North Carolina. Shaddy Barakat, 23, wife Yusor Mohammad, 21, and her sister, Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha, 19, were found dead at their apartment in Chapel Hill near the University of North Carolina (UNC) campus.
A man named Craig Stephen Hicks, 46, apparently turned himself in for the shooting of the young adults to the police. He has been charged with three counts of first-degree murder. Hicks is being held at the Durham County Jail and is expected to make a first court appearance Wednesday morning.
The university said that Barakat was a second-year student at its dentistry school, his wife was planning on starting there in the fall while her sister was a student at North Carolina State University. Barakat and wife Mohammad were married in December.
Barakat and Mohammad have were described as “well-liked” and active members of the community by the people who knew them, they were involved in several activities and volunteered charity events.
In a statement posted online, by the Chapel Hill police department, “preliminary investigation indicates that the crime was motivated by an ongoing neighbour dispute over parking. We understand the concerns about the possibility that this was hate-motivated, and we will exhaust every lead to determine if that is the case,” the statement said quoting Police Chief Chris Blue.
Social media is buzzing about the death of the three students the hashtag #ChapelHillShooting began trending after the incident was reported. Many of the tweets are people criticising the US news and other forms of media for, not covering the shooting.