Craig Hicks previously came to victim’s door with a rifle, friend claims

Craig Hicks, 46, is pictured entering the courtroom for his first appearance at the Durham County Detention Center on Wednesday, after he allegedly shot the three students to death on Tuesday

The man accused of shooting dead three Muslim students had previously come to their door brandishing a rifle, according to the best friend of one of the victims.

Craig Hicks, 46, has been charged with three counts of first-degree murder for killing Deah Shaddy Barakat, 23, his wife Yusor Mohammad, 21, and her sister Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha, 19, at their apartment near the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill on Tuesday afternoon.

Police said that Hicks, a self-proclaimed ‘anti-theist’, carried out the killings after a long-standing parking dispute but the victims’ families believe it was a hate crime.

Speaking to Fusion, Yusor Mohammad’s best friend, Amira Ata, also dismissed the idea it was over parking — ‘there’s plenty of space’ — and said she believes they were targeted for being ‘different’.

When she learned that her friends had been killed, she said she was not surprised that Hicks was accused of being the one behind it.

‘I know that he’s an aggressive man,’ she said. ‘That’s not the first we’ve heard from him’…