#MuslimLivesMatter

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The Story

Three students living in Chapel Hill were shot to death Tuesday evening in an act of violence that police say was about a parking dispute, but that the victims’ relatives are calling a hate crime.

The Facts

– Killed were UNC-Chapel Hill dental student Deah Shaddy Barakat, 23; his wife Yusor Mohammad Abu-Salha, 21, set to enter the dental school this fall; and her sister, Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha, 19, of Raleigh and attending NC State.

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– Arrested was their neighbor, Craig Stephen Hicks.

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– The family of the slain say the victims were killed because of their Muslim faith.

– Hicks’ wife said it was about a long-simmering parking dispute.

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– Either way, a tragic loss: All three were honor students. Deah and Yusor just got married in December. They wanted to provide dental care to the needy.

– Thousands of students held vigils in the victims’ honor.

#MuslimLivesMatter

The hashtag took root Wednesday as people all over the world mourned:

We were created to love, not hate #MuslimLivesMatter A photo posted by Edwin (@theogachi) on

C5’s Take

Horrible crime, amazing response by fellow students and people who care throughout the world.

Photos: Travis Long / News & Observer, Durham County Sheriff’s Office & Michael Biesecker / AP

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