A man who posted anti-religious sentiments online has been arrested after three Muslim students were shot dead close to the University of North Carolina campus on Tuesday.
Craig Stephen Hicks, who describes himself as a supporter of atheism, has been charged with three counts of murder after the trio were shot dead in Meadowmont around 5pm.
Dentistry student Deah Shaddy Barakat, 23, of Chapel Hill, his new wife Yusor Mohammad, 21, of Chapel Hill and her sister Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha, 19, of Raleigh, all died.
Hicks, 46, of Chapel Hill, is currently being held in Durham County jail and is due to make a court appearance on Wednesday morning.
Richard Dawkins condemns Chapel Hill shooting suspected to have been carried out by ‘anti-theist’ that left three Muslims dead
Richard Dawkins has decried the shooting in North Carolina that left three young Muslims dead in their family home.
The vocal opponent of organised religion called for condemnation of the massacre on Twitter.
Killer of 3 UNC-Chapel Hill Muslim Students Was Hardcore Anti-Religion Atheist Progressive
A review of the Facebook page of the man charged in these murders, Craig Hicks, shows a consistent themes of anti-religion and progressive causes. Included in his many Facebook “likes” are the Huffington Post, Rachel Maddow, the Southern Poverty Law Center, Freedom from Religion Foundation, Bill Nye “The Science Guy,” Neil deGrasse Tyson, Gay Marriage groups, and a host of anti-conservative/Tea Party pages.
— Michael Lee (@MichaelLee2009) February 11, 2015