The FBI announced yesterday that it has “opened a parallel preliminary inquiry to determine whether any federal laws were violated” in the murder of three Muslim students in North Carolina.
The police have also said they are investigating whether religious or ethnic hatred motivated the murders.
U.S. Attorney Ripley Rand, the district’s top federal prosecutor, had said Wednesday that there was no immediate evidence Muslims were being targeted.
Chapel Hill police said again Thursday they believe the deaths of the three resulted from a long-standing dispute over a parking at the apartment complex where the suspect, Craig Stephen Hicks, and the three victims lived.
Nevertheless, the media will try and push a “islamophobia” angle as long as possible.
More than 5,000 people turned out for the funeral for hte slain students. The crowd was so large, the services had to be moved from the mosque to a nearby athletic field. “The service for Deah Shaddy Barakat, a 23-year-old dental student; his wife, Yusor Mohammad Abu-Salha, 21,and her sister, Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha, 19, of Raleigh, began after midday Muslim prayers.”