CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) – Thousands of people are expected to attend a prayer service for three young adults gunned down in North Carolina in what police call a long-running dispute over parking spaces.
Family and friends gathering for Thursday’s funeral and burial services for the newlywed couple and the wife’s sister are grappling with questions about whether the violence had some connection to their Muslim faith. The father of the two slain women says hatred of Muslims might explain why the dispute erupted into death. Officials have said they are still investigating any possibilities the crime was hate-motivated.
Twenty-three-year-old University of North Carolina dental student Deah Shaddy Barakat; his 21-year-old wife, Yusor Mohammad; and her 19-year-old sister, Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha were killed Tuesday.
Forty-six-year-old neighbor Craig Stephen Hicks is charged with three counts of first-degree murder.