Slain NC Muslim students’ families fight grief to honor legacy

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – Relatives of three young Muslims who were killed in North Carolina earlier this year are honoring their memories through charity.

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Deah Barakat, his wife Yusor, and her sister Razan were shot dead in their apartment near the University of North Carolina. A white neighbor who has expressed disdain for all religions is charged with murder.

Barakat and his wife had planned to travel to Turkey to help Syrian refugees get dental care. His father and brother wound up carrying on that work by staging a clinic that treated 800 refugees.

College scholarships also have been created to honor the three victims.

Barakat’s brother, Farris, says the work is in keeping with a concept in Islam known as continuous charity. It’s the notion that a person’s good deeds can outlive them.

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