Police has rejected the theory that the shooting of three North Carolina College students was motivated by communal hatred towards Muslims but other causes. The murder of the three North Carolina College Students was motivated by a simmering dispute over parking space.
Craig Stephen Hicks, 46, is facing three counts of first degree murder after he turned himself to Chapel Hill police overnight. Craig’s Facebook profile portrays him as a supporter of ‘Atheists for Equality’, one who condemned both radical Christians and Muslims alike. However his unusual profile prompted many to suspect that the crime was motivated by hate. However police on Wednesday confirmed that it was about a parking space at the condominium complex where the murders took place.
The three North Carolina College students were Deah Shaddy Barakat, 23; his wife, Yusor Abu-Salha, 21; and her sister, Raleigh, N.C. resident Razan Abu-Salha, according to a statement by Chapel Hill Police. Deah was pursuing a course in dentistry while his wife and sister in law studies at the North Carolina State University.
Chapel Hill Police responded to reports of gunshots at 5.11 PM on Tuesday and found the victims dead at the scene. Craig is being held at the Durham County Jail without bond. All the three victims were shot in the head.
Deah Shaddy Barakat and Yusor Abu-Salha were married on Dec. 27. Salha was on way to graduate in Biological Sciences in December from the North Carolina State University and her sister was studying architecture and environmental design at North Carolina State.
Barakat also had a brilliant academic career under his belt. Barakat, majored in business administration and management at North Carolina State and had enrolled at the UNC-Chapel Hill two years ago, seeking a doctorate in dental surgery. He and his new wife were attached to a charity which provided dental care for the people in the United States and the Middle East. In a Facebook post Barakat, a Syrian-American, had explained in detail about a Durham project which ensured dental supplies and food to homeless people this year.
Meanwhile, the school issued a statement.
“We are sensitive to the impact an incident of this nature has on campus and in the community. We understand you want to know the facts as quickly as possible. At the same time, we must respect the job our Chapel Hill police have as they investigate this crime.”