Parking dispute may have led to killing of 3 UNC students

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CHAPEL HILL, NC – An ongoing dispute over parking may have led a man to kill three University of North Carolina students. He’s Craig Stephen Hicks, who police in Chapel Hill say is cooperating with them.

The dead students included 23-year-old Deah Shaddy Barakat, his new wife 21-year-old Yusor Mohammed Abu-Salha, and her 19-year-old sister Razan.

Reports say police responded to 9-1-1 calls of between five and ten shots fired at a condominium complex near the UNC campus. Because the victims were Muslim, social media lit up quickly with theories that they were targeted for their religion, like on Twitter with #muslimlivesmatter.

Hicks’s Facebook page appears to show him as a person who does not like religion of any kind.

Barakat created this YouTube video with the Syrian American Medical Society to raise money for Syrian refugees needing dental care.

That project has raised more than $100,000, most of it coming after supporters learned of Barakat’s death.

Hicks surrendered to police shortly after the shooting. And even though police say he’s cooperating, they say they will exhaust every lead to determine if this was a crime of hate, or a parking dispute that went horribly bad.