11 Wednesday 11th February 2015
Every so often, Twitter reveals itself as an incredible source for good. As I write this #ChapelHillShooting is trending on the site, in reference to a tragedy in North Carolina that is largely being ignored by mainstream media. Late last night, Deah Barakat, his wife Yusor Mohammad Abu-Salha and his sister Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha were shot and killed outside of their home in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.
All three were Muslim-American, and Yusor and Razan were both studying at the nearby University of North Carolina. Police have arrested Craig Stephen Hicks, 46, charging him with three counts of murder in the first degree. Naturally, many are wondering how extensive the coverage of the incident would be if the race of the perpetrator and victims was reversed.
As it is, we're left with a Twitter stream that's slowly unfolding the details of a uniquely sad event.
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