Al-Madinah Cultural Center, an organization of diverse students here at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities, mourns the students lost from our global community in the killing of Muslim students in Chapel Hill, North Carolina late last night.
We condemn the ignorance that spurred the attack on Deah Shaddy Barakat, Yusor Abu-Salha, and Razan Abu-Salha. Deah and Yusor were dental students who had recently married, and Razan was Yusor’s sister. She was a first year student in Architecture and Environmental Design at North Carolina State University. All three have been active locally and globally, from feeding the homeless in North Carolina to working on the refugee crisis surrounding Syria.
As activists on campus responsible for raising awareness of Islamic cultures, we understand the necessity of raising awareness of Muslims and their lifestyles as a vesicle for the reduction of hate crimes, and we choose to make this statement based on this value.
We will be holding a vigil for Deah, Yusor, and Razan tonight at 5:30 PM in Al-Madinah Cultural Center in Coffman Memorial Union (300 Washington Ave SE Suite 236, Minneapolis, MN 55455). Prayer will be hosted in AMCC, and we will move to the outside of the Union with candles.
In loss and solidarity,
The AMCC Board