On Wednesday, Jan. 31, Chapel Hill Mayor Pam Hemminger declared Feb. 10 Our Three Winners Day to honor the lives of the three students who were killed in 2015.
“For the city of Chapel Hill and Mayor Hemminger to acknowledge the importance of the service that Deah, Yusor and Razan did in their lives, and how important it is to continue carrying that forth, shows that the tragedy of them and their work is not just something that’s carried out within the Muslim community, it’s the community at large,” Nida Allam, a close friend of YusorAbu-Salha, said.
Chapel Hill police charged Craig Stephen Hicks with shooting and killing Deah Barakat, Yusor Abu-Salha and Razan Abu-Salha on Feb. 10, 2015. Since the students' deaths, their families and friends have founded the Our Three Winners Foundation to continue the legacies of Barakat, Yusor Abu-Salha and Razan Abu-Salha.
Barakat studied at the UNC School of Dentistry and his wife, Yusor Abu-Salha, had also been recently been admitted. Yusor Abu-Salha’s sister, Razan Abu-Salha, studied architecture at North Carolina State University’s School of Design. Barakat, Yusor Abu-Salha and Razan Abu-Salha also dedicated much of their lives to community service within the Triangle.
The Our Three Winners Foundation created an endowment fund to continue Project Refugee Smiles, a yearly dental relief mission founded by Barakat to provide dental services to refugees abroad.