(WASHINGTON, D.C., 2/9/16) â€“ The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) today called on members of the Muslim community and all others who seek a just and peaceful society to take part in events tomorrow in North Carolina marking the first anniversary of the deaths of Deah Barakat, Yusor Abu-Salha and Razan Abu-Salha, who were killed one year ago in what many believe was a bias-motivated shooting.
CAIR, the nationâ€™s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, also urged those who cannot take part in the North Carolina events to mark the anniversary through some form of community service in their local area.
The three young Muslims, who came to be known as â€œOur Three Winnersâ€ because of their exemplary lives and their positive contributions to the local community, will be honored with memorial events at UNC-Chapel Hill (The event will be available live online www.unc.edu.) and at North Carolina State University. There will also be a â€œBeacon of Lightâ€ award ceremony at the Light House in Raleigh, N.C., a community center designed to honor the slain students and to serve as an incubator for small businesses, provide after-school programs for students and to counter growing Islamophobia.
SEE: Our Three Winners
An interfaith food drive in honor of the students continues through Feb. 20 at the Islamic Center of Raleigh, 808 Atwater St., Raleigh. Proceeds will go to the Food Bank of Central and Eastern N.C.
For More Information About Wednesdayâ€™s Events, See: A Year After Slayings of Muslims, Community Seeks Dialogue, Harmony
â€œWe urge people of all faiths and backgrounds to join in honoring â€˜Our Three Winners,â€™ Deah, Yusor and Razan, by taking part in Wednesdayâ€™s anniversary events,â€ said CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad. â€œThose unable to join in the North Carolina memorial events should seek out an opportunity to perform some form of community service as a way to continue their legacy of giving.â€
CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.
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