Thu Dec 14 2017, 3:40:21 +03

Terror killing of three young Muslims in USA spread anger among Muslim communities

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(North Carolina-AlummahWorld, 23 Rabi ath-Thani) The terror killing of a family of three young Muslims shot dead in their home in a neighbourhood of North Carolina in the USA is getting focal attention among Muslims on Social media while mainstream TV media and other media sources gave a little coverage of the incident.

According to US media outlets, police have named the victims as 23-year-old Deah Shaddy Barakat, his wife, Yusor Mohammad Abu-Salha, 21, and her sister, Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha, 19.

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Officers were called to reports of gunshots at 5.11pm at an apartment block largely housing academics and young professionals on Summerwalk Circle in Chapel Hill.
The victims were found shot dead at the scene, while some residents described not even being aware there was an incident until police arrived. Sources told local WRAL News that all three had been shot in the head.


US media also reported that a 46-year-old man, named by police as Craig Stephen Hicks, has been arrested on suspicion of three counts of first-degree murder. Nationality and religion of suspected killer is not clear is most od US media trying to labelling him as a atheist.
Some local media reported that the incident is related to a parking dispute between killer and victims. But the women’s father, Dr Mohammad Abu-Salha, who has a psychiatry practice in Clayton, told the local media that he believed the shooting was based on the religion and culture of the victims.

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Killer of three young Muslims arrested by the police 


"This was not a dispute over a parking space; this was a hate crime," he said.
He went on to allege that Hicks had "picked on" his daughter and her husband "a couple times before." 
"They were uncomfortable with him, but they did not know he would go this far," he said.
Governor of Carolina or the white house did not commented on the killings of three Muslims, instead local police chief Chris Blue called the killing “senseless and tragic” and said the force's “thoughts are with the families and friends of these young people who lost their lives so needlessly”.


He said: “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 killing of three Muslims including women in US has been met with an outpouring of anger on social media, where people posting new pictures of the victims studying and playing basketball claimed they had been “murdered execution style”.

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Muslim community in North Carolina mourns victims and expressed strong anger about media coverage of Islamic world and the Muslims


Some compared the incident to the Charlie Hebdo shootings in Paris, and others called on Barack Obama and senior religious figures to condemn the attacks.


A tweeter Adham Kassem wrote on his tweet "I want to see protests, I want to see news coverage, I want to see marches, I want the same outrage expressed in France.


Another tweeter said "RIP to the three Muslims murdered. I'd like to see the same public uproar as the Charlie Hebdo aftermath".


According to North Carolina officials victim Mr. Barakat and Yusor Abu-Salha got married less than two months ago, in late December. She had been planning to begin her own dental studies in Chapel Hill this autumn.

The three victims were recently pictured together at the graduation of Yuzor's sister, Razan, who ran a blog showing her interest in photography and art.
She had started a degree at North Carolina State University last summer, studying Architecture and Environmental Design, and her Twitter biography read: “I like buildings and other stuff.”


A community Facebook page set up in the memory of the three victims, with the title “Our Three Winners”, where people are expressing their condolences, solidarity and condemnation.”.