News report: Chapel Hill shooting - Three American Muslim students killed near University of North Carolina

Three young Muslims have been shot dead in their home in a quiet neighbourhood of North Carolina in the US.

Deah Shaddy Barakat, 23 his wife Yusor Mohammad Abu-Salha, 21 and her sister Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha, 19, were found dead at a condominium complex off campus.

The victims were found shot dead at the scene, while some residents described not even being aware there was an incident until police arrived.

A 46-year-old man, named by police as Craig Stephen Hicks, has been arrested on suspicion of three counts of first-degree murder.

An American football and basketball fan, Mr Barakat was believed to be a dental student at the University of North Carolina and volunteered with a charity providing emergency dental care to children in Palestine.

Murder Deah Shaddy Barakat Yusor Mohammad Abu-Salha Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha
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Deah Shaddy Barakat had was responsible for Syrian Dental Relief program for Syrian refugee students in Turkey and had raised over $20,000 towards the program.

In January, he wrote on his Twitter account: "It's so freaking sad to hear people saying we should 'kill Jews' or 'kill Palestinians'. As if that's going to solve anything."

The three victims were recently pictured together at the graduation of his sister-in-law, Razan, who ran a blog showing her interest in photography and art.

Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha had started a degree at North Carolina State University last summer, studying Architecture and Environmental Design, and her Twitter biography read: “I like buildings and other stuff.”

Friends of the three victims posted a tribute on social media.

Killings of Deah Shaddy Barakat, Yusor Mohammad Abu-Salha and Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha have so far attracted little attention in the US national press, with no reports on CNN, Fox News or CBS, which has provoked an outpouring of criticism - particularly from activists and journalists with a Middle-East focus – who see it as an example of media disinterest in the lives of American Muslims.