Chapel Hill Shooter Indicted on 3 Counts of Murder

By on February 17, 2015
Chapel Hill police arrest man in triple homicide

Chapel Hill police arrest man in triple homicide

Yesterday, a grand jury in the state of North Carolina indicted a man on three counts of murder in the shooting of three young Muslim students. Craig Hicks, aged 46, is suspected to have carried out the tragic shooting as a result of a parking dispute. Early reports suggested though that the attack was racially or religiously motivated. Both motives will be weighed during the trial, though I’m sure and authorities are not ruling out the latter as motivation for the brutal killings.

Police reports reveal that at least 12 firearms were seized from Hicks’s home after he turned himself in to be arrested. He is reported to have described himself online as a “gun-toting” atheist. Family members reported that Hicks had previously “picked on” the married couple and possibly bullied them before this incident but his wife Karen Hicks maintains that the incident had nothing to do with religion and her husband treated everyone equally.

Deah Shaddy Barakat, his wife Yusor Mohammad Abu-Salha and her sister Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha were found dead a week ago in their Chapel Hill home near the campus of University of North Carolina, where Mr. Barakat was a promising dental student. Hicks, was a neighbor, he is scheduled to appear in court to defend himself against his multiple charges of murder on March 4th 2015. He remains in jail without bail. President Barack Obama described on Friday that the murders were “brutal and outrageous”. President Obama said that the FBI would be investigating whether any “federal laws were violated”. In a great show of support to the Bakarat and Abu-Salha families, more than 5,000 people attended a funeral on Thursday for the 3 slain students.