WASHINGTON – The FBI has handed over its findings to the U.S. Department of Justice in the deaths of three students in Chapel Hill in February.
Deah Barakat, Yusor Mohammad Abu-Salha and Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha were shot Feb. 10 at the Finley Forest Condominiums on Summerwalk Circle, just east of the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill.
Craig Stephen Hicks was arrested and charged with three counts of first-degree murder.
Authorities said Hicks confessed to the shootings and was arrested with the murder weapon.
Search warrants connected with the case also showed that police found three handguns, several rifles and shotguns, and numerous loaded magazines and cases of ammunition at Hicks’ home.
Chapel Hill Police said that the shootings were “motivated by an ongoing neighbor dispute over parking.”
But the families of the victims have been adamant that the shootings were a hate crime.
The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of North Carolina and the Civil Rights Division said it will work closely with the Durham County District Attorney’s Office determining federal involvement moving forward in the case.