Two women watch speakers during a vigil following the deaths of students Deah Shaddy Barakat, Yusor Mohammad, Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Two women watch speakers during a vigil following the deaths of students Deah Shaddy Barakat, Yusor Mohammad, Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Sometimes tragedy brings out the best in people. At a vigil Feb. 11 for three students slain the night before, community leaders, friends and family members expressed the hope this would be the case now.

They called for unity and love in the wake of the tragic shooting deaths of Deah Barakat, 23; Yusor Abu-Salha, 21; and Razan Abu-Salha, 19 – three young Muslims, a fact that attracted national and global media attention.

“Love is more divine than hatred,” said Imam Abdullah Antepli, Muslim chaplain at Duke University, to the estimated 2,000 people gathered at the Pit at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

“I plead that you live in their legacy,” said Farris Barakat’s, Deah’s older brother. “Do not fight fire with fire. Do not reply to ignorance with ignorance.”

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