Chapel Hill victim praised diverse U.S. society before murder

Yusor Abu-Salha and her husband Deah Barakat at an American football match. (Photo courtesy of Twitter)

Young Muslim student Yusor Abu-Salha – who was shot dead on Tuesday along with her husband and sister in the town Chapel Hill, North Carolina in an apparent hate crime - has told a U.S. radio program that she felt like she was truly integrated into America’s society.

“Although in some ways I do stand out [in the U.S], such as the hijab I wear on my head, the head covering, there are still so many ways that I feel so embedded in the fabric that is, you know, our culture,” Salha said last summer, as part of U.S. a series radio broadcaster NPR.

“And that’s the beautiful thing here, is that it doesn’t matter where you come from,” she added. There’s so many different people from so many different places, of different backgrounds and religions — but here we’re all one, one culture. And it’s beautiful to see people of different areas interacting, and being family. Being, you know, one community.”

Earlier this week, police charged a neighbor with the shooting Dah Barakat, 23, his wife Yusor Abu-Salha, 21, and her sister Razan Abu-Salha, 19, saying the incident followed a dispute over parking.

But investigators said they were also looking into whether the suspect, Craig Stephen Hicks, was motivated by hatred toward the victims because they were Muslim.

On Friday, U.S. President Barack Obama condemned the “brutal and outrageous” murders of the three Muslim students, amid criticism of his silence for a few days after the attack. The attack was also condemned by several other world leaders.

The killing of the three students has also garnered controversy over much of the media’s delay in carrying the story, amid claims some broadcasters are directly responsible for stoking Islamophobia.

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:45 - GMT 06:45