What the Chapel Hill murders reveal about the place of Muslims in American society (COMMENTARY)


Students with lit candles attend a vigil on the campus of the University of North Carolina, for Deah Shaddy Barakat, his wife Yusor Mohammad Abu-Salha and Yusor's sister Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha who were killed in Chapel Hill, N.C. on February 10, 2015. Photo courtesy of REUTERS/Chris Keane *Editors: This photo may only be republished with RNS-BIGELOW-COLUMN, originally transmitted on Feb. 16, 2015.

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RALEIGH, N.C. (RNS) Though Deah, Yusor, and Razan were achievers in every imaginable sense, it was not this that killed them. It was the ability to erase their achievements, their individuality, their humanity that made them easy targets for a person whose rage and frustration was well documented.