Mourners gather in North Carolina for funeral of three slain Muslim students

February 12, 2015 23:06

Hundreds gathered in Raleigh on Thursday for a funeral service for three Muslim students killed following a parking dispute near the campus of the University of North Carolina.

The victims were newlyweds Deah Shaddy Barakat, 23, a University of North Carolina dental student, his wife Yusor Mohammad, 21, and Yusor's sister, Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha, 19.

Their coffins were laid in a field across from the Raleigh Mosque for the funeral service.

One of the speakers at the service, which was closed to the public, could be heard saying "We are not seeking any revenge. Our children are much more valuable than any revenge."

Muslim activists in the United States and around the world have demanded authorities investigate a possible motive of religious hatred. Police said on Wednesday the case involved a dispute over parking and possibly a hate crime.

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