Chapel Hill, NC- As thousands of people gathered to mourn the three Muslim students who were gunned down in Chapel Hill apartment, the wife of the shooter announced via an emailed statement that she would be seeking a divorce.
Police were called to an apartment complex University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill after a resident heard screaming and several shots go off. When they arrived the found three people dead and arrested another tenant of the complex for their murders.
Craig Hicks, 46, is accused of shooting Deah Shaddy Barakat, 23, his wife, Yusor Mohammad, 21, and her sister Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha, 19, to death over a parking dispute late Tuesday night. Family members of the slain UNC students say that Hicks killed them because they were Muslim and asked federal authorities investigate the shootings as a hate crime.
Karen Hicks, however, disputes the assertion that her husband was committing a hate crime, saying in press conference Wednesday that he was angry over an ongoing parking dispute. She said he was unemployed and was studying to be a paralegal, according to the Washington Post.
Karen Hicks was quick to defend her husband before the media, but, on Thursday, her attorney sent out an emailed statement announcing the two would be divorcing, according to the Washington Post.
Craig Hicks is a self-described atheist who often went on anti-religious rants on his Facebook page. Those rants were seized on by the victims’ loved ones as proof that the shootings were motivated by hate. But neighbors in the complex say that Craig Hicks was combative and prone to outburst of anger.
Cynthia Hurley, who was married to Hicks until 2004, told the Associated Press that her ex-husband’s favorite movie is “Falling Down.” The film, which stars Michael Douglas, tells the story of an unemployed and divorced engineer who goes on a shooting rampage in Los Angeles. She told the AP that he loved the movie and watched it repeatedly, adding, “He had no compassion at all.”
Hurley and Hicks have one daughter together.
Thursday, an estimated 5,000 people gathered to mourn the slain students on a soccer field near the university campus. After a service, the three students were taken to an Islamic cemetery where they will be buried.
This is a sad case and it has apparently taken its toll on Craig Hick’s wife. Even though she had nothing to do with the shooting, the strain of being the spouse of an accused murderer can be unbearable.
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