my name is yusor my husnand is deah my sister is razan we were killed by a terrorist called craig #ChapelHillShooting: image via @Elbhaery, 12 February 2015
The Face of American Terror
87% of U.S. mass shooting are committed by caucasians 13-56 but [shooters] are never called 'Terrorists' #ChapelHillShooting: image via Bipartisan Report @Bipartisanism, 12 February 2015
Every time I go at it with some GOP gun-nut on here, it's like they all have the same profile pic and it's THIS one: image via Pin Head @TomAdelsbach, 12 February 2015
Trayvon Martin mural by Sean Marshall; inspired by Shepard Fairey's Obama poster, Hamilton at Tuxedo, Detroit, 2013: photo by Camilo José Vergara, 23 October 2013 (Library of Congress)
#TeaParty folks have created a support page for the #ChapelHillShooting terrorist. Welcome to conservative America.: image via Bipartisan Report @Bipartisanism, 12 February 2015
Threats: image by Rania Khalek via The Electronic Intifada, 22 January 2015
This is absolutely disgusting and honestly makes me so scared. #ChapelHillShooting: image via Maria @Maria Aliaa, 12 February 2015
Reminder: News agencies decide which narrative they want to sell you. #ChapelHillShooting: image via JRehling @JRehling, 12 February 2015
Just in: We don't give a damn what the #ChapelHillShooting gunman's wife has to say about anything: image via Anonymous @occupythemob, 12 February 2015
BREAKING The #ChapelHillShooting was not over a parking space. The killer had harassed the victims with a gun before: image via Bipartisan Report @Bipartisanism, 12 February 2015
Facebook pages "honoring" Hicks keep popping up. Like this one. Here are the admins too. #ChapelHillShooting: image via rabia chaudry @rabiasquareds, 12 February 2015
This is what a terrorist looks like #ChapelHillShooting: image via Anonymous @occupythemob, 12 February 2015
American Terrorist #Craig Hicks makes his first appearance in court on murder charges #ChapelHillShooting: image via Delonte @Delo_Taylor, 12 February 2015
One of the #ChapelHillShooting victims was planning a charity trip to help Syrian refugees: image via World News Tonight @WNTonight, 12 February 2015
Deah Barakat's brother, Basem, 10, cries "I want to see him again, I didn't get to say bye" #ChapelHillShooting: image via TKP @tkpsky, 12 February 2015
#RIP .. They were recently married.. innocent students .. Murdered .. #ChapelHillShooting: image via Islamic Tweets @MuqeemAlii, 12 February 2015
Sorry this ugly world couldn't handle your beautiful dreams.#ChapelHillShooting: image via Humna Usmani @HumnaIsmani, 12 February 2015
A Hate Crime?
Report: Muslim victims' father calls deadly #ChapelHillShooting a hate crime: image via CBS News @CBSNews, 12 February 2015
but its ‘just a film’ right? #ChapelHillShooting: image via @sempiternal, 12 February 2015
Execution style: "He hates us for what we are"
Way of Holiness Church, 5258 Indiana Avenue, Chicago: photo by Camilo José Vergara, 2003 (Library of Congress)
from their engagement, to wedding, to heaven..together. <3 i="">3>#ChapelHillShooting: image via Yousef Saleh @fouseyTUBE 12 February 2015
"He hates us for what we are," one of the #ChapelHillShooting victims had said of the shooter: image via Yousef Saleh @fouseyTUBE 12 February 2015
#ChapelHillShooting: "My best friend was killed and I don’t know why": image via ABC News @ABC 12 February 2015
#ChapelHillShooting: Namee Barakat embraces his wife Layla, parents of shooting victim Deah Shaddy Barakat: image via AJ+ @ajplus, 12 February 2015
Friend of #ChapelHillShooting victim describes encounter with the gun-wielding neighbor: image via William Lafi Youmans @wyoumans, 12 February 2015
The two sisters murdered yesterday, 21 and 19, with their parents. #ChapelHillShooting: image via rabia chaudry @rabiasquareds, 12 February 2015
“'he hates us for what we are and how we look," distraught father quoted his daughter as saying #ChapelHillShooting: image via Gaza Writes back @ThisIsGaZara, 12 February 2015
"He took so much—from me, from this family, from this community."- Amira #ChapelHillShooting: image via Latoya Peterson @LatoyaPeterson, 12 February 2015 Washington, DC
They had such a beautiful and harmless soul. #ChapelHillShooting: image via I LIKE 5SOS AND FOOD 5@sose31d, 12 February 2015
Good evening @BarackObama U condemned #CharlieHebdo - when will U Condemn #ChapelHillShooting happening at your Soil?: image via Bea @Bea4Palestine, 12 February 2015
"They control the minds of the masses"
you all were quick to tweet political cartoons after charlie hebdo why stop there?? #ChapelHill #MuslimLivesMatter: image via aisling @gameofhorans, 12 February 2015
I'm reminded everyday of how sick this world we live in is. #MuslimLivesMatter #AllLivesMatter: image via Raneeeeeem @heyraneem, 12 February 2015
Hypocrisy in media reporting. #ChapelHill #MuslimLivesMatter: image via Abbas Hamideh @Resistance48, 12 February 2015
Suzanne Askar with North Carolina State University students Safam Mahate and Nida Allam during a candlelight vigil for murder victims: photo by Al Drago/Corbis via The Guardianm 12 February 2015
North Carolina shooting victims remembered for their 'amazing spirit': Thousands gathered to pay tribute at vigil for three students who were gunned down on Tuesday, as crowd reminded that ‘Muslim lives matter’: Nicky Woolf in Chapel Hill, North Carolina or The Guardian, 12 February 2015
Thousands gathered on the campus of the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill on Wednesday night to pay tribute to three local students who were shot to death the night before.
Deah Barakat, 23, his wife Yusor Mohammad Abu-Salha, 21, and her younger sister Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha, 19, were killed on Tuesday evening in the couple’s apartment in a leafy suburb of Chapel Hill.
The assembled crowd, which included students from both UNC and North Carolina State University, as well as members of the surrounding community, numbered as many as 3,000 people, university officials confirmed.
1000s gathered in Chapel Hill to remember 3 Muslim Americans who were killed #ChapelHillShooting: image via MC HAMMER @MCHammer, 12 February 20
Brian Swift, a friend of Barakat’s and the president of his class at the dentistry school, told the Guardian that the turnout was “unbelievable.”
“If Deah were to see me now, he would give me a smack and tell me to put a smile on my face,” he added.
Many held candles, while students from the school of dentistry –- where Barakat was studying, and where his wife was set to enroll in the autumn -– wore their white coats in an act of solidarity.
Craig Stephen Hicks, who turned himself in to the police, has been charged with three counts of first-degree murder in connection with the shooting deaths.
Deah Barakat with his wife Yusor Mohammad Abu-Salha and her sister Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha. All three were shot dead: photo supplied to The Guardian, 12 February 2015
The motive for the shooting is not yet known, but many, including Barakat’s family, have suggested that the murders may have been a hate crime.
After news of the attack broke, the hashtag “#MuslimLivesMatter” began trending on Twitter, and in a press conference Wednesday afternoon, Barakat’s sister Suzanne described the attack as an “execution-style murder.”
Barakat’s comments echoed those of Mohammad Abu-Salha, the father of the two women killed, who said he believes the killings were a hate crime, perpetrated against his daughters and son-in-law because they were Muslim.
Nihad Awad, the national executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, told the Guardian earlier on Wednesday that his organization was joining the Barakats in calling for authorities to treat the attack as a hate crime.
The vigil crowd is easily in the thousands. #ChapelHillShooting: image via Colin Daileda @ColinDaileda, 12 February 2015
At the vigil, people stood in near-perfect silence in the clear, cold air, as friends and family lined up to pay tribute to the “amazing spirit” of the three victims, and to try and make sense of the horrific crime.
Yasmine Inaya, Razan’s best friend and classmate at North Carolina State University, referenced the hashtag that trended on Twitter after the attack. “Muslim lives matter.
Black lives matter. All lives matter. Human lives matter,” she said.
Dr Omid Safi, the director of Duke University’s Islamic Studies Center, also addressed the crowd, ending his remarks with “love is more divine than hatred.” At that moment, the bell at the top of the university clock tower sonorously tolled the hour.
Thousands have gathered at the vigil as officials and victims' family members speak. #ChapelHillShooting: image via The Daily Tar Heel Historical Pics @dailytarheels, 12 February 2015
Barakat’s brother Farris made an appeal for calm. “Trust me, as a Muslim, I know: one act does not define a mass,” he said, adding “Do not fight fire with fire”.
After he spoke, a murmur of “Allahu Akhbar”–- an Qur’anic phrase spoken by Muslims meaning ‘God is great’ -– arose in solidarity and support from Muslims and non-Muslims alike in the crowd.
"Love prevails": image via Nicky Woolf @NickyWoolf, 12 February 2015
After the vigil, people left candles burning around the base of the two giant oak trees that dominate the quadrangle. A sign leaning against the trunk of one tree bore the names of the three victims, alongside the simple slogan “love prevails.”
Mohammed Dorgham, a childhood friend of Bakarat’s, told the Guardian that the turnout “showed the life Deah –- and Yusor, and Razan –- led.”
“Words can’t explain it,” he said. “But this turnout may have done.”
Namee Barakat, second left, father of shooting victim Deah Shaddy Barakat, kisses his wife Leila Barakat during a press conference in Raleigh, North Carolina, on Wednesday: photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP via The Guardian, 11 February 2015