The Chapel Hill Shootings, North Carolina


This story should be about how the world has lost three young adults to what appears to be an execution style gun attack. The sorrow and condolences to their family and loved ones. The grief that such senseless acts happen in this world.

23-year-old Deah Shaddy Barakat had two months ago married Yusor Mohammad Abu-Salha, 21. Her sister Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha, 19 was also murdered. She described herself as the best third wheel. Looking at the photos they seemed inseparable in life. As they were tragically in death.

A dental student, Barakat volunteered to help Palestinian children and refugees. Yusor was about to start her dental studies while Razan had just started studying Architecture and Environmental Design.

Their promise and contribution to the world has been taken from us. The speculation of why 46 year old Craig Stephen Hicks, who handed himself in as the killer, did this abounds on Twitter. That he is an atheist, and they were muslim, is a major part of that.

With violence we are all victims. There are buildings that will never be built, there are smiles which will never have been made the brighter by them. Lives which will not be lived. Instead, there are too many tears, and so many questions.

Their contribution to the world will have to instead live on in the spirit that they lived. This is not the time for point scoring, for using for tribalist tit for tat on social media.

We should be mourning together, resolving to challenge the hatred and anger that takes innocent lives. Creating a society in which everyone may fulfil their promise of making a better tomorrow.

Article written by John Sargeant on Homo economicus’ Weblog

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