The three students a man, his wife and her sister were Muslim, and may have been targeted because of their faith. Police have yet to confirm a motive, but the 46-year-old suspect, who is currently in custody, posted anti-religious remarks on Facebook. Screenshot of Facebook post from Craig Hicks in 2013.
Three college students were shot to death in their home in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, on Tuesday night near the University of North Carolina. The three students — a man, his wife and her sister — were Muslim, and may have been targeted because of their faith.
Craig Stephen Hicks, who has been charged with three counts of first-degree murder, posted several messages and a photo of a gun before the shooting.
In, a 2013 post, Hicks focused on “anti-theism” and included the message, “Of course I want religion to go away.” Hicks is expected to make a first court appearance Wednesday morning.
Chapel Hill Police said that the shooting was a result of an ongoing dispute about a parking space. Hicks posted on his Facebook page in January about other issues in his parking lot, but its unclear if the two are related. He appeared in court on Wednesday morning and was denied bond and assigned a public defender. Three Muslim college students killed in North Carolina