Thursday, February 12, 2015

Oh, It Was Just About Parking?

It's good to know the truth here, and whether or not it was an racial/ethnic motivated crime or not, it's hard to not think that the general dehumanization of Muslims in this country made the act, well, a bit easier to do, as horrifying as that is. But if the guy killed 3 people I would hope that the "it was about parking" defense really doesn't make things much better for him.
By the time the police arrived, three people were dead — a newlywed couple and the woman’s sister. They were young university students, Muslims of Arab descent, and high achievers who regularly volunteered in the area. A neighbor, a middle-aged white man, was missing — then under arrest and charged with three counts of murder.

The victims’ families described it as a hate crime. The police said that the shooting appeared to have been motivated by “an ongoing neighbor dispute over parking,” but that they were investigating whether religious hatred had contributed to the killings.

“To have him come in here and shoot three different innocent people in their head — I don’t know what kind of person that is,” said Namee Barakat, the father of the male victim, Deah Shaddy Barakat.