Three Muslims, including a newly-wed couple, were shot dead in their home in a North Carolina neighborhood in the US. All three victims were shot in the head, sources told WRAL News. A motive has not yet been confirmed.
Students Deah Shaddy Barakat, 23, his wife Yusor Mohammad, 21, and her sister, Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha, 19, were found dead at their apartment in Chapel Hill near the University of North Carolina (UNC) campus, according to Yahoo News.
Barakat was a second-year dental student at UNC, and Mohammad was due to begin her dental studies. They were married in December.
A 46-year-old man, identified by police as Craig Stephen Hicks, has been charged with three counts of first degree murder.
Police arrived at the building complex following reports of gunshots at 5:11pm on Tuesday. The man reportedly turned himself in later than evening.
“It is with deep sadness that we share with you the news that the victims included Deah Barakat, a second-year student in the School of Dentistry, and his wife, Yusor, who had planned to begin her dental studies here in the fall. Her sister, Razan, a student at N.C. State University, was also killed,” UNC said in a statement.