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CAIR Welcomes FBI Probe of Chapel Hill Murders

CAIR-logo(WASHINGTON, D.C., 2/12/15) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation's largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today welcomed the FBI's decision to open an investigation into the “execution-style” killings of three young Muslims in Chapel Hill, N.C., earlier this week.

Late today, the FBI announced that it had “opened a parallel preliminary inquiry to determine whether or not any federal laws were violated related to the case.”

SEE: FBI Launches New Investigation Into Chapel Hill Killings (News and Observer)

“We welcome the FBI's increased involvement in this tragic case and hope the added resources and expertise the bureau has to offer will help see that justice is served,” said CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad. “This case is quickly becoming a touchstone for the American Muslim community's sense of security and inclusion.”

On Wednesday, CAIR called on law enforcement authorities to address speculation about a possible bias motive for the killings.

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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CONTACT: CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726,; CAIR Communications Manager Amina Rubin, 202-341-4171,


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