While the motive for their murders is being parsed, three Muslim students at University of North Carolina are being mourned by their family, including a friend of mine, nearby Duke University director of Muslim affairs Imam Abdullah Antepli. He posted this on Facebook, from the brother of one of the slained students:
As Abdullah says: The strength of this man is incredible. Prayers to all.
A neighbor has been charged with their murders. And below is a photo for a UNC vigil last night.
UPDATE: From Carole C. Fay:
All of us are deeply saddened by the killing of 3 young Muslim-American adults in Chapel Hill, NC on Tuesday: Deah Barakat, his wife Yusor Mohammad Abu-Salha, and her sister Razan Abu-Salha.
(Friday, February 13
) at the Islamic Association of Greater Hartford, CT
— Berlin Mosque — the Friday Jummu’ah
prayers will be held at 1:00pm
as usual, followed by a special memorial service at approximately 1:45pm
(funeral) prayers will be said for these 3 young people.
Please come and join our Muslim friends, as we all together grieve this loss and pledge ourselves even more deeply to the solid friendship that binds us.
If anyone needs directions to the Berlin Mosque or would like to be part of a carpool, please e-mail me.
There are also plans for an interfaith vigil at the State Capitol on Monday, February 16th. When those details are confirmed, I’ll send them out.
As-salamu alaykum / peace and all good, and courage,