The Grio and the AP reports that:
HAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — A man, his wife and her sister — all college students — were shot to death at a quiet condominium complex near the University of North Carolina, but police had not yet given a motive or released details about the suspect.
Craig Stephen Hicks, 46, was charged with three counts of first-degree murder in the Tuesday shooting, Chapel Hill police told local news outlets. He is being held at the Durham County Jail and was expected to make a first court appearance Wednesday morning.
About 5:15 p.m. Tuesday, police responded to a report of gunshots. They found three people who were pronounced dead at the scene. They were identified as Deah Shaddy Barakat, 23, of Chapel Hill; Yusor Mohammad, 21, of Chapel Hill; and Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha, 19, of Raleigh.
Barakat and Mohammad were married, and Abu-Salha was Mohammad’s sister, according to UNC.
Barakat was a second-year dental student there, and Yusor was scheduled to begin dental studies in the fall.
Both had graduated from North Carolina State University, school spokesman Mick Kulikowski said. Barakat graduated with a business administration degree in the spring of 2013. Mohammad graduated in December with a biological sciences degree.
Abu-Salha was a freshman design major who had started classes last fall, Kulikowski said.
The neighborhood where they were found — immediately east of campus — consists mostly of apartments and condominiums rented by students. Neighbors there said Wednesday morning that never before seen police or had crime problems.
This is truly despicable and heinous. Although the investigation is not complete, it appears that Craig Hick committed an act of terrorism. However, the mainstream media probably will not refer to him as a terrorist. They will probably describe him as mentally ill, depressed or lonely. As far as the media is concerned, only Muslims and Arabs commit acts of terrorism.
Instead of calling him a terrorist, some people will quietly consider that blood thirsty killer to be a patriot or a hero. Will there be any Charlie Hebdo style marches of solidarity in the streets of America for those three slain students? I doubt it.
Originally posted at New Possibilities.