Murder defendant Craig Stephen Hicks, 46, left, listens while his co-defense counsel Terry Alford makes notes during a Monday, April 6, 2015 death penalty hearing for Hicks in Durham, N.C. Presiding Judge Orlando Hudson found the shooting deaths of three Muslim college students at Finley Forest residential complex in Chapel Hill in February 2015 made the Hicks case eligible for the death penalty. (Harry Lynch/Raleigh News & Observer/TNS)

Judge orders FBI to turn over documents to Craig Hicks' defense team

Craig Stephen Hicks appeared in a Durham County courtroom for the first time in over a year for a motions hearing on Tuesday. 


Chapel Hill Shooting

On Feb. 10, police were notified of gunshots in the Summerwalk Circle area, in Finley Forest Condominiums. Three people were pronounced dead at the scene.

The victims are Deah Shaddy Barakat, 23, of Chapel Hill; Yusor Mohammad Abu-Salha, 21, of Chapel Hill; and Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha, 19, of Raleigh. 

Deah Barakat was a second-year student in the UNC School of Dentistry; Yusor Mohammad Abu-Salha was his wife and planned to start studying dentistry at UNC in the fall. The third victim, Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha, was Yusor's sister and was a student at N.C. State University.

On Feb. 16, Craig Stephen Hicks, 46, of Chapel Hill, was indicted on three separate counts of first-degree murder, according to Chapel Hill police. He is being tried in Durham County Courts and is being held in the Durham County Jail without bond. Hicks is facing the death penalty

Thousands of students and community members gathered in the Pit for a vigil honoring the three students on Feb. 11.  N.C. State set up the Our Three Winners scholarship on Feb. 24.

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Hundreds of people came to the Three Winners vigil to commemorate the one year anniversary of the Chapel Hill shootings on Wednesday.

NC State remembers fallen students

Hundreds of people braved 30-degree weather Wednesday night to commemorate the tragic deaths of Deah Barakat, Yusor Abu-Salha and Razan Abu-Salha at the Talley Student Union at N.C. State University in a vigil titled the “Day of Light.”


A candlelight vigil in the Pit in 2015 remembered Deah Barakat, Yusor Abu-Salha and Razan Abu-Salha on Wednesday.

Remembering Our Three Winners

“They wouldn’t look at anyone differently no matter their race. They treated everyone the same. That’s the message. To spread love and awareness about how we’re all the same no matter where we’re from. They were just so kind, generous, and philanthropic, and optimistic,” said Lina Chaarawi, the cousin of Razan and Yusor Abu-Salha.


Islamophobia distorts political rhetoric

Duke University Chapel’s call to prayer controversy, the highly publicized shooting deaths of three Muslim students in Chapel Hill and the Syrian refugee crisis — all have raised questions about the rhetoric surrounding Islam in politics and the media.


Year in Review: Chapel Hill shooting case stagnant, but legacy lives on

The horrific acts on Feb. 10 that occurred at the Finley Forest Condominiums in the Summerwalk Circle area led to the deaths of three students: Deah Shaddy Barakat, 23, of Chapel Hill; Yusor Mohammad Abu-Salha, 21, of Chapel Hill; and Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha, 19, of Raleigh.  Deah Barakat was a second-year student in the UNC School of Dentistry; Yusor Mohammad Abu-Salha was his wife and planned to start studying dentistry at UNC in the fall.


Courtesy of the Abu-Salha family

Hate crime status of Chapel Hill shooting discussed

Seven months after the Chapel Hill shooting, Yousef Abu-Salha, brother of the victims, is busy studying for his first exams at the UNC School of Medicine, keeping up with philanthropic activities inspired by the deceased and awaiting the verdict of the murderer. 


Sana Ansari (left), (from Cary, N.C., who recently graduated from UNC), represented "OurThreeWinners.org" and Doha Hindi (right of Ansari), a junior at NC State, spoke in honor of Deah, Yusor and Razan at the Habitat for Humanity's dedication ceremony on Tuesday. 

Habitat for Humanity dedicated Petrina McCoy's home to Deah Barakat, Yusor Abu-Salha, and Razan Abu-Salah, the three Muslim students who were killed in February.

Habitat home dedicated to Chapel Hill shooting victims

Deah Barakat once wrote a letter to his professor detailing his interest in orthodontics, but he was afraid of participating in class. But Barakat wasn’t afraid of failing — he was afraid his classwork would take away the time he wanted to dedicate to his community.


'Our Three Winners' legacy honored in community center

By Yoon Ju Chung Staff Writer While the debate over whether the February shooting of three Muslim students in Chapel Hill was a hate crime or a parking dispute continues, the students' legacy will carry on in the form of a community center. Deah Barakat, Yusor Abu-Salha and Razan Abu-Salha were academically successful and engaged in community service both locally and abroad, prompting members of N.C.


Race and the court's biggest decision

Craig Hicks and Dylann Roof are both charged with multiple counts of murder in the shooting deaths of several people. Both could face capital punishment. Both received national attention.