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New York Times: “Chapel Hill Killer’s Rage Went Beyond Parking Dispute”

A memorial for Deah Shaddy Barakat, his wife, Yusor Mohammad Abu-Salha, and her sister, Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha, at the University of North Carolina School of Dentistry on Feb. 11. Credit Chris Keane/Reuters

We’ve been saying all along that this is not simply a parking dispute.:

By Jonathan Katz, The New York Times

Mr. Hicks’s wife, Karen Haggerty Hicks, suggested another motive. The killings, she said at a news conference the next day, had nothing to do with the victims’ faith, but were “related to a longstanding parking dispute that my husband had with the neighbors.”

But even Mrs. Hicks’s lawyer, Robert N. Maitland II, acknowledges the parking dispute theory was speculation on her part. “Here’s the thing: Nobody knows,” he said. “Why did he lose it that particular day?” He described her Feb. 11 news conference as an effort to prevent panic.

Mr. Hicks has confessed to murder, said Lt. Joshua Mecimore, spokesman for the Chapel Hill Police Department. Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty.

A motive for the shooting may never be known. But interviews with more than a dozen of the victims’ friends and family members, lawyers, police officers and others, make two central points: before the shootings, the students took concerted steps to appease a menacing neighbor, and none were parked that day in a way that would have set off an incident involving their cars.

If those accounts do not prove what kind of malice was in Mr. Hicks’s heart, the details that emerge indicate that whatever happened almost certainly was not a simple dispute over parking.

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  • Trimmercastle42

    I read about that story, heart breaking stuff.

  • sasboy

    I agree fully.

  • Trimmercastle42

    Understanding why it happened is important to prevent this from ever happening again.

  • sasboy

    It doesn’t matter WHY he killed them. The point is that he DID kill them. The law is likely to prosecute him to the full extent of the law, which is exactly what needs to happen.

  • Reynardine
  • Reynardine

    Hatemongering and gunmongering have taken another victim in the United States. A recent Iraqi immigrant was gunned down by two men with assault type weapons as he stood taking pictures of his first snowfall.

  • Tanveer ¯_(ツ)_/¯ Khan

    Just usher him into the grave and let Munkar and Nakeer deal with him.

  • rookie
  • cmyfe .

    Did I read somewhere that he was having the parking issues with more than one of his neighbours? If that’s the case then why were the Muslim neighbours chosen to be killed? Also why didn’t he kill all the neighbours if he was angry at a particular issue rather than a particular faith / race etc? Further things that go against him are his reputation of being a “militant Atheist”, the general Islamophobic trend worldwide and him being one of those gun lovers.

  • Reynardine

    What motivated him was *envy*. He was an ugly, fat, dull lump of a man without the money which can make up for such failings; his first wife had divorced him, likely with just cause, and likely his second marriage was going the same way. If he admitted to a God, he admitted to one that had decided he was unworthy of such gifts. And his neighbors? Blessed with every last good thing he lacked, and they were *others*. It wasn’t *fair*, was it? And so he reived these *others * of their (to him) unjust advantages, right to their young and promising lives.

  • mindy1

    Sadly sometimes people can’t explain why other people do horrible things >:( may the killer rot and may the victims RIP 🙁

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