Atheist Charged With Shooting & Killing Three Muslim Students Execution Style

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DTT Update: reports:

Abu-Salha said his daughter who lived next door to Hicks wore a Muslim head scarf and told her family a week ago that she had “a hateful neighbor.”

“Honest to God, she said, ‘He hates us for what we are and how we look,’” he said.

Zaid Jilani


Yesterday, three Arab students in Chapel Hill – newlyweds Deah Barakat and Yusor Mohammad as well as her sister Razan Abu-Salha – were brutally murdered, with execution-style shots to the head. The same day, a man, Craig S. Hicks, was arrested and charged with three counts of murder.

For hours, no national media outlet reported the story, provoking the hashtag #ChapelHillShooting, which soon trended worldwide. Finally, after midnight, Buzzfeed became the first national outlet to report on the killings.

Craig Hicks has been identified as a 46-year-old North Carolina man, and as of this writing, his apparent Facebook page is still up. Perusing the page reveals the fact that Hicks was both a fervent New Atheist – his page is littered with references to Bill Maher and disdain for religious belief – and a gun enthusiast.

Here he is showing off a pistol he owned last month:

Here he is quoting Richard Dawkins about how 9/11 made him hate religion:

And here he is proclaiming his fears of gun control:

Also, an apparent Amazon wishlist for “Craig Hicks” shows off a variety of armaments, including sniper scopes and a ghillie suit – a kinf of camouflage suit.

As the Muslim community in the area mourns, they’ve set up the Facebook page “Our Three Winners” to commemorate the lives of the three young souls taken from them far too soon.


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