[Editor's note: CAIR and a number of other national Muslim organizations have endorsed the FeedTheirLegacy project]
KNOXVILLE (WATE) – The movement, coordinated by a Knoxville man, started as a way to honor three Muslim students shot in the head at Chapel Hill, North Carolina. It has grown into a nationwide campaign, collecting almost 100,000 cans for food pantries across America.
The victims were identified by police as Deah Shaddy Barakat, 23, and his wife, Yusor Mohammad, 21, of Chapel Hill, and her sister, Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha, 19, of Raleigh. Police said the shooting started over a parking spot, but family members are calling the shootings a hate crime, urging all American Muslims to respond to hate with love.
Three weeks later, Feed Their Legacy, a campaign inspired by one of the shooting victims feeding the homeless in North Carolina, was started. Two-hundred eighty-five mosques in 33 states joined the national campaign.
"While we mourn the loss of three young and extraordinary American Muslims, and the brutal way they were killed, the Quran instructs us to respond to evil with good," shared Tarek El-Messidi, Knoxville resident and National Coordinator of Feed Their Legacy. (Read more, watch video)