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Craig Stephen Hicks has been charged with murder in the shooting death of three Muslim students in an apartment near the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill campus. The victims were Muslims: Deah Shaddy Barakat, 23; Yusor Mohammad, 21; and Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha, 19.

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – Family, friends and supporters gathered Thursday for services for three young adults shot in North Carolina in what police call a parking dispute.

Funeral services were planned for one of Raleigh’s largest mosques where the families are longtime members. But, with a crowd estimated at 5,500, the service was moved to athletic fields across from the mosque. The fields are owned by North Carolina State University, where two victims had graduated and one was a student.

That service began after midday prayers. Earlier, the families and some friends viewed the victims’ bodies in a small building apart from the mosque.

At the service’s conclusion, about a dozen people carried each of the three caskets away to hearses, which headed to an Islamic cemetery outside Raleigh.

Twenty-three-year-old Deah Shaddy Barakat; his 21-year-old wife, Yusor Mohammad Abu-Salha; and her 19-year-old sister, Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha were killed Tuesday.

Forty-six-year-old neighbor Craig Stephen Hicks is charged with murder.
By EMERY P. DALESIO, Associated Press