The FBI has launched a parallel investigation with the Chapel Hill police regarding the killing of three Muslim-American students at the college, earlier this week. The announcement of the joint investigation came late Thursday after the funeral, where over 5,500 grievers gathered at North Carolina State University.
Those laid to rest were 23-year-old Deah Shaddy Barakat, his wife, 21-year-old Yusor Mohammad Abu-Salha, and her younger sister, 19-year-old Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha. The caskets were carried into the football stadium with people chanting as they arrived.
The FBI has been supporting the Chapel Hill police with evidence collection and analysis, regarding the case. Recently, the FBI released a short announcement which stated they have opened a parallel inquiry to find whether any federal laws were violated, regarding the crimes.
An international period of grief has begun, especially within the Muslim community, following the sudden deaths of the students. A relative of the slain students expressed that the events that occurred have all the signs of a hate crime. The FBI’s further investigation will determine if the accusation is true or not.
By: Alex Lemieux
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