A vigil was held at the Bell Tower on Thursday evening to honor three Muslim students killed in North Carolina.
Over one-hundred attendees gathered around the Bell Tower shortly after 6:30 p.m. to honor Deah Barakat, Yusor Abu-Salha and Razan Abu-Salha.
Police say they think the three were shot by neighbor Craig Stephen Hicks, 46, in the falling out about parking in the neighborhood, but the investigation is on-going. The father of one of the victims, Dr. Mohammad Abu-Salha, said that was a hate crime. Attendees at the vigil agreed.
Shouts to the Muslim community here at Temple. Stopped by the Bell Tower and saw a great turnout for their Chapel Hill vigil. Respect. 🙏
— Nydja Hood (@NydjaHood) February 12, 2015
“Another Muslim killed due to hate crime. Allah yirhamo,” wrote organizer Rose Daraz on the event’s Facebook page. The Arabic phrase translates to English roughly as ‘God have mercy.’
Along with roses and candles, attendees carried signs that read “Rest in peace and power” and “Stop anti-Muslim violence.”
According to WXTF-TV, a protest is scheduled for Monday at City Hall.