Obama on Chapel Hill Shootings: Nobody Should Be Targeted Based on Their Faith
In the statement, Obama called the murders “brutal and outrageous,” and confirmed that — while a preliminary police investigation suggests the shooting was motivated by a “parking dispute” — the FBI is getting involved to find out if any federal laws were violated.
“No one in the United States of America should ever be targeted because of who they are, what they look like, or how they worship,” the president said in the statement.
Speaking in Mexico this week, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan publicly scolded Obama for having stayed silent about the murders.
Obama’s full statement:
Yesterday, the FBI opened an inquiry into the brutal and outrageous murders of Yusor Mohammad Abu-Salha, Deah Shaddy Barakat, and Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. In addition to the ongoing investigation by local authorities, the FBI is taking steps to determine whether federal laws were violated. No one in the United States of America should ever be targeted because of who they are, what they look like, or how they worship. Michelle and I offer our condolences to the victims’ loved ones. As we saw with the overwhelming presence at the funeral of these young Americans, we are all one American family. Whenever anyone is taken from us before their time, we remember how they lived their lives – and the words of one of the victims should inspire the way we live ours.
“Growing up in America has been such a blessing,” Yusor said recently. “It doesn’t matter where you come from. There’s so many different people from so many different places, of different backgrounds and religions – but here, we’re all one.”
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