Anorak | Chapel Hill murders: Craig Hicks was driven to murder by race, politics, abortion laws and unarmed targets

Chapel Hill murders: Craig Hicks was driven to murder by race, politics, abortion laws and unarmed targets

by | 13th, February 2015



Chapel Hill murders: news on alleged murderer Craig Hicks and the three victims: Deah Shaddy Barakat, wife Yusor Mohammad and her sister Raza.

Having heard the story of three innocent students shot dead in North Carolina, one writer immediately called it a hate crimne and castigated the Press for “ignoring” Muslim deaths .

Last night, the BBC says “thousands of mourners have gathered for the funeral of three Muslim students killed in North Carolina”.

The father of two of the victims told the crowd they were victims of a hate crime and his pain was indescribable… Police say initial indications suggest there was a parking space dispute but they are investigating whether Craig Hicks was motivated by religious hate…

The BBC’s Rajini Vaidyanathan said many mourners feel the murders were sparked by something far deeper than a parking row.

Chapel Hill police chief, Chris Blue, spoke at the service and promised his officers would investigate every lead, including the possibility of hate crime…

Is feeling it was hate crime enough to make it one?

Sarah, who grew up with all three [vcitims] and says she’s experienced Islamophobia, articulated a view many shared: “You have to have a lot of hate in your heart to kill three people in cold blood, and over a parking spot, it’s ridiculous to say this was just that”.

Crimes often are ridiculous to the victims and the sane.

Mr Hicks’ Facebook profile included a photo that read “Atheists for Equality”. He also frequently posted quotes critical of religion.But Mr Hicks’ wife Karen said the incident had nothing to do with religion and her husband treated everyone equally…

He’s not racist. He could have gunned down anyone, allegedly. The guy’s an equal opportunities killer?

But others see the killings as part of a wider problem.

Muslim and civil rights organisations are organising more vigils across the country for Thursday evening.

Civil rights? The three victism were not oppressed. They were killed by a killer.

Mr Hicks apparently had a history of conflicts with neighbours over parking spaces.

Do we see what we want to see?

TURKISH President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has criticised US President Barack Obama for his silence over the murder of three Muslim students in the US. He said politicians were responsible for events in their countries and had to clarify their stance over them.

You might weep with laughter when Erdogen talks of the buck for murder stopping at the top. He says:

“If you stay silent when faced with an incident like this, and don’t make a statement, the world will stay silent towards you. As politicians, we are responsible for everything that happens in our countries and we have to show our positions.”

The New York Times takes a stab at circumspection:

Mr. Hicks’s wife, Karen, insisted at a news conference that her husband was not a bigot. “I can say with absolute belief that this incident had nothing to do with religion or the victims’ faith, but it was related to a longstanding parking dispute that my husband had with the neighbors,” she said.

His wife also pointed out his support for gay rights and the right to abortion.

It’s also alleged Hicks supports shooting people in the head. His views might be a little odd.

Linda Sarsour, a longtime Arab-American activist in Brooklyn, who said she was working with the family, added that for those who fear mistreatment, the episode “sends a message to other young people in the Muslim community that the fear is valid.”

Were the victims targetted becsue they were Muslim? We don’t know. Maybe he just knew they’d be unarmed? CNN overlooks the Muslim angle in its headline:

3 students shot to death in apartment near UNC Chapel Hill

The Guardian hears views:

“There were several incidents involving him harassing and threatening my brother,” Farris Barakat told the Guardian, adding that Hicks had come to their apartment at least four times, and that in the more recent visits

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