Thousands Gather at Vigil for Slain Muslim Students

More than 2,000 people attended a vigil at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill on Wednesday to mourn a dentistry student, his wife, and her 19-year-old sister. Authorities said they were fatally shot by a neighbor motivated by an ongoing dispute over parking spaces, but are investigating whether the crime was motivated by hate, according to the town mayor.

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A woman listens to remembrances and prayers during a candlelight vigil for slain muslim students Deah Barakat, Yusor Abu-Salha, and Razan Mohammed Abu-Salha, at UNC-Chapel Hill on February 11, 2015. All three were killed in an off-campus apartment on Tuesday by a neighbor over a parking dispute, police said. All three victims were Muslim, sparking speculation and outrage that the killings were a hate crime.
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Namee Barakat, center, mourns with his wife, Layla Barakat, right, and daughter, Suzanne, left, during a candlelight vigil for his son, Deah, at UNC-Chapel Hill on Tuesday, February 11, 2014. Twenty-three -year-old Deah Barakat was killed in his off-campus apartment on Tuesday along with Yusor Abu-Salha and Razan Mohammed Abu-Salha by a neighbor over a parking dispute, police said, but are investigating whether the crime was motivated by hate, according to the town mayor.
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Suzanne Barakat, left speaks to the media alongside her father, Namee, center, and mother, Layla, left, during a candlelight vigil for her brother, Deah, at UNC-Chapel Hill on Tuesday, February 11, 2014.
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A woman listens to remembrances and prayers during a candlelight vigil for slain Muslim students Deah Barakat, Yusor Abu-Salha, and Razan Mohammed Abu-Salha, at UNC-Chapel Hill on February 11, 2015.
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Community members gathered for a candlelight vigil at UNC-Chapel Hill on Tuesday to remember three students who were killed at an off-campus apartment on February 10, 2015.
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Safah Mahate, left and Suzanne Askar, right, attend a candlelight vigil for three slain Muslim students at UNC-Chapel Hill on February 11, 2015.
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UNC-Chapel Hill Dental students light candles at a makeshift memorial for slain student Deah Barakat on February 11, 2015.
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UNC-Chapel Hill Dental students light candles at a makeshift memorial for slain student Deah Barakat on February 11, 2015.
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UNC-Chapel Hill Dental students light candles at a makeshift memorial for slain student Deah Barakat on February 11, 2015.
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