Published On: Fri, Feb 13th, 2015 on 2:33 pm

Vigil to be held in Bradford in memory of Chapel Hill victims

EXCLUSIVE: The first to be held in West Yorkshire, a vigil will take place in Bradford tomorrow to remember three students who were shot dead in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

Residents will remember the lives of Deah Shaddy Barakat, 23, his wife Yusor Mohammad Abu-Salha, 21, and her sister, Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha, 19.

Chapel Hill Shooting Victims

They were shot dead by Craig Stephen Hicks, 46, who was arrested and charged with three counts of first-degree murder.

Hicks, who reportedly described himself as an “anti-theist” and criticised religions online, handed himself in to officers the night he killed the students.

Chapel Hill Police said the shooting was a dispute over parking and possibly a hate crime.

The women’s father, Dr Mohammad Abu-Salha, told press that the shooting was a hate crime and believed the shooting was based on the religion and culture of the victims.

He alleged that Hicks had “picked on” his daughter and her husband “a couple times before”.

He said “they were uncomfortable with him” but “did not know he would go this far”.

“Hate crime targeting Muslims”

The vigil in Bradford has been organised by Cllr Mohammad Shabbir of the Heaton ward.

He said: “The attack is the result of a hate crime targeting Muslims. This has further been compounded by the lack of media attention and people are shocked at the marginalisation of Islamophobia as an issue.

“Bradford has to say no to these murders as it did against Charlie Hebdo and Peshawar.”

The vigil will take place in Bradford’s City Park on 14 February starting from 4.30pm.

Attendees may bring candles to the event.

About the Author

Hasan Faridi

- Hasan is the founder and editor-in chief of the Yorkshire Standard. A BA Hons graduate from the University of Huddersfield, he has over four years of experience in newspapers, magazines and radio.

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