Chapel Hill shooting victims honored with new home dedication

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – After months of building and working with Habitat for Humanity, a woman and her mother received a new home in honor of three Muslims students who were murdered in February.

Deah Barakat, his wife Yusor and sister-in-law Razan Abu-Salha were gunned down at their Chapel Hill apartment in February. Chapel Hill Police charged their neighbor, Craig Hicks, in the murders.

Chapel Hill Shooting Victims

Many feel the act of violence was a hate crime, but friends and family say that’s not how Barakat, his wife and sister-in-law would want to be remembered.

The three students were well known for giving back to their community and for always lending a helping hand to those in need.

In an effort to keep that memory alive, family members have worked with Habitat for Humanity to build a house for a family in the community.

Habitat Wake is one of 10 Habitat for Humanity groups around the country participating in the Interfaith Great Day of Service. That includes 600 volunteers from more than 15 different faiths… on 21 projects.

Tuesday, Petrina McCoy and her mother received a new home on Grove Creek Lane in Raleigh.

For volunteers constructing the permanent memory for their friends, the project has been a real labor of love.

“We’re hoping to keep their memory alive and to continue doing different events that will honor them,” said Sara Ansari, Raleigh Islamic Community.


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