Craig Hick’s Facebook cover picture.
The news that three young Muslims were killed by a gunman in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, late afternoon Feb. 11 has spread quickly across the internet, even as the gunman’s motivations remained unknown.
The victims, who were shot in the head near the University of North Carolina campus, were identified by the Chapel Hill Police as Deah Shaddy Barakat, 23, and Yusor Mohammad, age 21, a married couple from Chapel Hill, as well Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha, 19, who lived in Raleigh, North Carolina.
A 46-year-old man, Craig Stephen Hicks of Chapel Hill, turned himself in after the shootings, and is being held in Durham County Jail on three counts of first-degree murder. Police told the Washington Post that the shooting happened after an argument over parking.
While a motive for the killings remained unknown, some suggested they may have been religious-based: that the students may have been killed because all three were Muslim. Hicks had posted anti-religion and pro-atheist content to his Facebook page…
Reminder of Obama’s comments on Paris Hyper Cacher killings:
Look, the point is this: my first job is to protect the American people. It is entirely legitimate for the American people to be deeply concerned when you’ve got a bunch of violent, vicious zealots who behead people or randomly shoot a bunch of folks in a deli in Paris.
Some other photos I found on Hicks’ Facebook page earlier this morning: