CHAPEL HILL TRIPLE MURDER: Craig Stephen Hicks, who posted anti-religious sentiments, was arrested after three Muslim students at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill campus were killed at close range. WRAL-TV reports that the shooting may have been the result of an ongoing altercation over parking.
Hicks has been charged with three counts of first-degree murders for the deaths of Deah Shaddy Barakat, 23; his new wife Yusor Mohammad, 21; and her sister Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha. They were shot in Meadowmont around 5 p.m. on Tuesday.
Craig Stephen Hicks describes himself as a supporter of atheism. He turned himself in to police “without incident” and is being held in the Durham County jail.
Hicks, 46, of Chapel Hill, is set to make his first court appearance on Wednesday.
According to a Facebook page under Hicks’ name, he took paralegal classes at Durham Technical Community College. He described himself as a supporter of “Atheists for Equality.” Among the television shows Craig Stephen Hicks liked include “The Atheist Experience,” “Criminal Minds” and “Friends.” He describes himself as a fan of Thomas Paine’s “The Age of Reason” and Richard Dawkins’ “The God Delusion.”
The University of North Carolina issued a statement:
“The Chapel Hill Police Department has released additional information this morning about Tuesday’s shooting near campus that claimed the lives of three people. It is with deep sadness that we share with you the news that the victims included Deah Barakat, a second-year student in the School of Dentistry, and his wife, Yusor, who had planned to begin her dental studies here in the fall. Her sister, Razan, a student at N.C. State University, was also killed. Chancellor Folt will issue a campus message later this morning when we have more details.”