Chapel Hill Shooter’s Facebook Page Full of Atheist Postings

Craig Stephens Hicks was charged with first degree murder Tuesday evening after he turned himself in for the shooting deaths of three Muslim students at University of North Carolina. Dental student Deah Shaddy Barakat, his wife of just over one month Yusor Abu-Salha, and her sister, 19-year-old Razan Abu-Salha were pronounced dead at the scene.

While his motive is unknown, Hicks’ Facebook page was chalk full of postings on atheism, and included posts on iconic atheist or pop-science figures like Bill Maher, Bill Nye, and Neil deGrasse Tyson.

His profile picture and pinned photo both referenced atheism or anti-theism:

And his page was loaded with memes extolling atheism or criticizing Islam and Christianity:

But he was also fond of posting those obnoxious picture-with-a-quote-from-a-famous-person images:

Mixed in with these was a posting of a fully-loaded firearm from three weeks ago:

Hicks was also found of the standard FB variety of postings, including dogs doing wacky things and the occasional photo of himself.

The social media postings of his victims, however, struck a decidedly different note.

[Image via screengrab]

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