12-02-2015 | 11:20
Over 16,000 murders occur per year in America. But only a few stories like this get international attention – the hate crime disguised as parking dispute.
The three young relatives in the college town of Chapel Hill were gunned down in their North Carolina home. The victims in the triple homicide had been identified as Deah Shaddy Barakat, 23; his wife, Yusor Mohammad Abu-Salha, 21; and her sister, Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha, 19. All three victims were shot in the head.
Police believed the triple homicide of the Muslim family was due to a parking conflict and was likely not religiously motivated. But the victims’ family disagreed, calling it a “hate crime” and an “execution.”
A 46-year-old man identified by police as Craig Stephen Hicks turned himself. He was subsequently arrested on suspicion of three counts of first degree murder. Hicks lived next door to the…