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Thousands of mourners gather in Chapel Hill to remember slain Muslim students

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 FROM LEFT IN SPOTLIGHT: Parents and siblings of Deah Barakat, including his sister, Suzanne Barakat; father, Namee Barakat; mother, Layla Barakat, and Suzanne's husband, Zubair Jandali talk to reporters as thousands gathered for a vigil and memorial for shooting victims at The Pit at UNC-Chapel Hill
Craig Hicks, 46, of Chapel Hill has been charged with three counts of first-degree murder in the killings of Deah Barakat, 23, a UNC student; his wife, Yusor Abu-Salha, 21; and her sister, Razan Abu-Salha, 19.

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Nida Allam, a senior at North Carolina State University, is comforted by Arsheen Allam as thousands gathered for a vigil and memorial for three shooting victims

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Thousands gathered for a vigil and memorial

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A man in the Frank Porter Graham Student Union photographs the vigil

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Police are investigating whether the killings were hate crimes or stemmed from a dispute over parking at the apartment complex where the victims and Craig Hicks, the alleged murderer, lived

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