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Craig Stephen Hicks, accused of the Chapel Hill shootings where three Muslim college students were killed in February, faces a death penalty hearing in Durham, N.C., on Monday. Prosecutors will go in front of a Durham County Superior Court judge to present their case for pursuing the death penalty . Comment?
Over 1,000 people marched in Doha, Qatar, in a show of solidarity with the family of three Muslim students killed last week in Chapel Hill, N.C. The shooting deaths of Deah Shaddy Barakat, 23; his wife, Yusor Mohammad Abu-Salha, 21 and her sister, Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha, 19, have not been classified as a religiously-motivated hate crime, but the Secretary General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, Iyad Ameen Madani condemned their killings as a brutal crime that shocked the Muslim world, the Saudi Press Agency reported Monday . The FBI has opened what it called a "parallel preliminary inquiry" into the incident, which is a review which could become a formal investigation. Comment?
Duke University officials said they backed down from a decision to broadcast a Muslim call to prayer from the chapel tower after getting "credible threats." Omar Safi, director of the university's Islamic Studies Center, said students will chant the call from the steps of the chapel instead . Comment?
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