I did not find out about the Chapel Hill shootings that claimed the lives of three Muslims until Ross e-mailed me a link to his blog post from this morning.
Ross makes reference to my post in which I ask how President Obama would react to a shooting at a Muslim deli in light of his and other members of his administration characterizing the attack at the Hyper Cacher grocery store in Paris last month as a random attack as opposed to one motivated by anti-Semitism.
As Ross states, “Unfortunately, today Obama can actually answer almost that exact question.”
Naturally, I wish it was a question Obama didn’t have to answer. Two of the three victims had just been married last December. All three were under the age of 25 and had their whole lives ahead of them and now it’s all over just like that.
While it is now being reported that this was a dispute between neighbors over a parking space, the assailant had made anti-Muslim (and anti-Christian) statements and there is a reasonable case to be made that the victims’ religious background escalated and exacerbated matters with tragic results.
Whether these killings happened because of a parking dispute or because they were Muslim or a combination thereof, the long and the short of it is that three people were murdered in cold blood and the man responsible ought to be executed for his crime.