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Dozen show up to UC's campus to honor those dead in Chapel Hill shooting

Dozens showed up to the University of Cincinnati's campus Friday afternoon to mourn the loss of the three young Muslims and to honor their legacy (Photo: FOX19 NOW/Brett Hoffland) Dozens showed up to the University of Cincinnati's campus Friday afternoon to mourn the loss of the three young Muslims and to honor their legacy (Photo: FOX19 NOW/Brett Hoffland)
Police are initially calling this a dispute over a parking spot, but friends and family of the victims believe religion is behind this rage (Photo: FOX19 NOW/Brett Hoffland) Police are initially calling this a dispute over a parking spot, but friends and family of the victims believe religion is behind this rage (Photo: FOX19 NOW/Brett Hoffland)
CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) -

The FBI is launching a new investigation into the Chapel Hill shootings to determine whether the killing of three Muslims violated federal hate crimes. 

Dozens showed up to the University of Cincinnati's campus Friday afternoon to mourn the loss of the three young Muslims and to honor their legacy.

"Three beautiful young souls who's lives feel as if they were taken too soon," Isa Shakir said.

Shakir may not have known 23-year-old Deah Shaddy Barakat, 21-year-old Yusor Mohammad and 19-year-old Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha but he offered words of encouragement Friday to not just remember these three as Muslims, but as human beings.

"They were truly wonderful people who really tried to contribute to humanity as much as they could," Shakir said.

On Tuesday evening, police say Craig Stephen Hicks shot the three execution style in their apartment. Police are initially calling this a dispute over a parking spot, but friends and family of the victims believe religion is behind this rage.

[Related: Parking dispute may have led to deadly Chapel Hill shooting]

"If it has come to it where three amazing lives are taken from us because of a parking spot then we are in a more desperate state than I guess any of us would have ever thought we would be," Farris Barakat, Deah Shaddy Barakat's brother, said.

As this investigation unfolds, Shakir says now it's time for communities across the nation to encourage healthy dialogue and protect civil liberties.

"It wasn't to do a political action or produce a rally cry, but just to really talk about who they were as individuals and let people know what we have lost," Shakir said.

The National Council on American-Islamic Relations is now encouraging Federal officials to act as quickly as possible to address whether or not this was a "hate-crime."

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