Colorado Imam Council Offers its deepest Condolences to the Chapel Hill Shooting Victims' Families, Calls for thorough investigation
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
(DENVER, CO, Feb. 12, 2015) – The Colorado Imam Council (CIC) extends its deepest condolences to the families of the three Muslim students who were shot and killed execution style in North Carolina Feb. 10, 2015.
Yusor Mohammad, 21, her husband Deah Shaddy Barakat, 23, and her sister Razan Mohammad AbuSalha, 19 were shot at the North Carolina State University parking lot. Deah was a second-year dentistry student; his wife was planning on starting there in the fall, while her sister was a student at North Carolina State University.
They were newlyweds with aspirations and plans for their lives; instead they have been ruthlessly killed by a man who openly spewed anti-Muslim rhetoric online. We fear that this may be a hate-motivated act based on the suspect's anti-religion posts on social media and the viciousness of the crime itself. We are concerned that the rising anti-Muslim rhetoric in our society may have encouraged some to commit violence against American Muslims and so urge our local media play a fair role to address this issue.
Terrorism knows no religion, no skin color, and has no ethnic creed. CIC calls on state and federal law enforcement to conduct a thorough investigation of this heinous crime.
Our hearts go out to the families and friends of those who have been killed in such a senseless, abhorrent crime. We urge all people of conscious to continue to keep Deah, Yusor, Razan, and their families and friends in your thoughts and prayers.
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The Colorado Imam Council strives to unite the Colorado Muslim community through communication, coordination and by representing the Colorado Muslim community with one voice on Islamic issues.