Vigil held for slain Muslims at Bell Tower

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Photos courtesy Flickr user joepiette2

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.

“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.

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