Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Three Muslims Shot Dead Near University of North Carolina--Sin no more


Comment:  AWFUL. 

Kayla Mueller, the young girl killed as she helped the besieged people of Syria,
I thought would have an immediate impact.  She was a humanitarian supreme and an example to all of us for our time and for all time -- the Gandhi of our era. She cared about people she did not even know and went to lengths few of us could.

Our lives, in my opinion, count for little unless one is on the side of the poor, the dispossessed and the rejected trying to help them any way we can.  Although empathy is in short supply it's something we all have the ability to cultivate if only we would. 

Again, another senseless shooting of innocents and productive innocents at that at an exclusive university in this nation.  When will it stop?  It begins with each of us walking in the other person's shoes and asking who of us would want to trod in their path. 

This story is upsetting because of the ramifications it could have at an already explosive time.  Since 9/11 what have we accomplished, what war have we won, whose hearts and minds have we captured?  Think on that and as one great humanitarian said "
Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me" -- Matthew 25:40.  "Go and sin no more!"-- John 8:11

The story of this tragic happening is below.

Story below:

NBC NEWS:

Students, Parents on Edge After Three People Shot and Killed
NBC News

A suspected gunman has been charged with the triple murder of Muslim family members near a university campus in North Carolina, officials and local media said early Wednesday. Craig Stephen Hicks, 46, shot dead a second-year dentistry student, his wife, and her sister in an apartment complex near the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, local police said. Police did not release any information about the possible motive for the alleged crime.

Deah Barakat, 23, his wife Yusor Mohammad, 21, and her sister Razan Mohammad, 19, were found dead at the scene by officers who responded to reports of gunfire just after 5 p.m. Tuesday in the town 20 miles northwest of Raleigh. The Charlotte Observer reported that all three victims were Muslim.

Officials said Hicks had been charged with three counts of first-degree murder and was being held in the Durham County Jail. Officials at the jail told NBC News that he would appear at the in-house courtroom Wednesday morning.

Yusor Mohammad planned to start studies at UNC's school of dentistry this fall, and Razan Mohammad was a student at North Carolina State University, according to university and police officials. UNC said it felt "deep sadness" and said its chancellor, Carol L. Folt, would issue a statement. A Facebook group entitled "Our Three Winners" was set up early Wednesday in tribute to the victims.

Barakat was raising money for a trip this summer to Turkey, where he planned to provide dental care to Syrian refugees, according to his fundraising page. Following the shooting, scores of people donated money and sent messages of condolence. By 6 a.m. ET Wednesday the page had raised $22,657 — far exceeding its goal to raise $20,000 by the end of July.
Image: Craig Stephen Hicks Chapel Hill Police

Craig Stephen Hicks, 46, allegedly shot dead a second-year dentistry student, his wife, and her sister in an apartment complex near the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill according to Chapel Hill police.