A suspect has turned himself to the Chatham County Sheriff s Office

By Tara Fowler
February 11, 2015 09:20 AM
Durham County Sheriff/AP

Three Muslim students were shot and killed on Tuesday afternoon at their home near the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill campus.

A suspect, Craig Stephen Hicks, 46, turned himself in to the Chatham County Sheriff s Office shortly after, reports WRAL.

He was arrested and charged with three counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of Deah Barakat, 23, Barakat’s wife, Yusor Abu-Salha, 23, and Yusor’s sister, Razan Abu-Salha, 21.

Barakat was a student at UNC-Chapel Hill’s School of Dentistry, according to the News & Observer. He had just tied the knot with Yusor, who was studying biology at North Carolina State University, in December.

Razan, also a student at NCSU, was studying architecture and environmental design.

While the police have not released a motive for the killings, many have speculated that they are a hate crime, and on Tuesday evening, the hashtag #MuslimLivesMatter began trending on Twitter.

Hicks is at being held in the Durham County Jail.