Three years ago, the Chapel Hill community lost the young lives of husband and wife Deah Shaddy Barakat and Yusor Mohammad Abu-Salha, along with Yusor’s sister, Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha, in a shooting.
Yusor was a student at the UNC School of Dentistry and Razan attended N.C. State University. Mohammad would have graduated this May and Barakat, last May.
Kaushal Gandhi, a graduate of the School of Dentistry and one of Deah’s classmates, was one of the founders of Directing Efforts And Honoring Deah And Yusor, otherwise known as DEAH DAY. The student led organization cancels all classes and clinics in an annual day of dental and non-dental related volunteer work.
“All three of them were model citizens in their communities, they were just amazing people," Gandhi said. "They did so much volunteer work and they were always doing outreach."
During the third annual DEAH DAY, students volunteered at the Ronald McDonald House and the Credit Union Family House. Other students visited local shelters and schools to educate about oral hygiene.