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SFA holds vigil for three Muslims murdered in North Carolina

NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) -


Twenty-three-year-old Deah Barakat,  Yusor Abu-Salha, 21, and Razan Abu-Salha, 19, were shot last Tuesday in Chapell Hill, North Carolina. 

"We're trying to bring awareness," said Habiba Awan, the MSA advisor.  

Authorities said the shooting stemmed from a parking dispute with neighbor, Forty-six year old Craig Hicks, but SFA Muslim Student Association hasn't accepted this as the only possible reason for the triple homicide. 

"Murdering three people for a parking spot just seems unrealistic," said Rihab, an international student. 

Today, the students held a ceremony in honor of those murdered last week. They also wanted to open the meeting for questions about their religion...one that they say has been difficult after stereotypes and Islamophobia began to surface in the United States. 

"It's devastating for a Muslim who's living in peace and not doing anything to anyone," Rihab said. 

The students created amemoriamm with pictures of the victims including the theme "Lives Matter." 

"We had a lot of people that came in of support," said Awan. 

NAACP members were also in attendance to offer their support.   

The students wrote notes for the victims lost.  The Muslim Student Association was happy with the turnout for the remembrance of this family. They were also grateful to answer questions about stereotypes and misconceptions that they believe lead to this kind of backlash. 

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