Killer of 3 NC Muslim Students Was Hardcore Anti-Religion Atheist Progressive

A horrific triple homicide was committed yesterday in Chapel Hill, NC, as three Muslim students were apparently murdered by a deranged anti-religion progressive.

The News & Observer reports:

Police charged a Chapel Hill man Wednesday with first-degree murder in the deaths of three Muslim students in a quiet neighborhood near Meadowmont just south of N.C. 54.Craig Stephen Hicks, 46, is being held in the Durham County Jail on three counts of first-degree murder.

Hicks is accused of shooting his Finley Forest neighbors, Deah Shaddy Barakat, 23, and his wife Yusor Abu-Salha, 21, and Abu-Salha’s sister, Razan Abu-Salha, 19, of Raleigh.

Barakat was a doctoral student in UNC-Chapel Hill’s School of Dentistry. The sisters were N.C. State University students. Chapel Hill police found all three victims dead at the scene, after responding to a report of gunshots on Summerwalk Circle at 5:11 p.m. Tuesday.

The neighborhood, adjacent to the Friday Center, is mostly rental apartments and modest condominiums. It rarely appears in reports of crime in Chapel Hill. Police worked early into the morning trying to piece together what happened. Police have not offered a motive for the shootings.

[UPDATE: Chapel Hill police are now saying the shooting may be related to a parking dispute with no connection to the victims' religion. Thanks to tarheelkate in the comments.]

[UPDATE2: Jake Tapper with the Chapel Hill PD press statement:]

[UPDATE3: And now the US Attorney completely deflates the anti-Muslim narrative:]

Barakat and Abu-Salha were just married a few weeks ago. She had recently graduated from NC State, and he was a UNC dental student.

A review of the Facebook page of the man charged in these murders, Craig Hicks, shows a consistent theme of anti-religion and progressive causes. Included in his many Facebook "likes" are the Huffington Post, Rachel Maddow, the Southern Poverty Law Center, Freedom from Religion Foundation, Bill Nye "The Science Guy," Neil deGrasse Tyson, gay marriage groups, and a host of anti-conservative/Tea Party pages.

Remarkably, one of the four Facebook groups he had joined was "Religious Tolerance."

Just a few weeks ago he had posted this to his Facebook page:

B9jNF-AIYAIvzGJPolice no doubt will be releasing further details of this case in the coming days.

BTW, Richard Dawkins is getting pretty mouthy:

Seeing as Hicks was a Dawkins fanboi. From his Facebook page:


UPDATE: Never let the facts get in the way of a good narrative (HT: RBPundit)

Stuck on stupid (HT: Jim Treacher):

A variation on the theme:

UPDATE2: Dean Obeidallah, who was part of the group of American Muslims who met with Obama last week, predictably blames the GOP:

And then doubles-down:

In the Washington Post's coverage, they bury Hicks' leanings at the very end of their story:

washingtonpost.com_2015-02-11_09-46-12Last night on Twitter, most of the #ChapelHillShooting posts were condemnations of US media (esp. Fox News) for not only not covering this, but supposed anti-Muslim reporting inspired it. Now...

Has Southern Poverty Law Center made a statement yet?

This, of course, is helpful:

A wave of kafirphobia sweeping the Muslim community: