10 things you need to know today: June 13, 2019

A North Carolina man, Craig Stephen Hicks, pleaded guilty on Wednesday to fatally shooting three Muslim university students in 2015. Hicks, 50, said he snapped after an argument with the students — newly married Deah Barakat, 23, and Yusor Abu-Salha, 21, and her 19-year-old sister Razan Abu-Salha — over parking spaces outside their apartment complex. Relatives of the victims dismissed his explanation, saying he targeted them because of their religion. The women’s father, Mohamed Abu-Salha, said the killings were part of rising bigotry against Muslims. Family members and prosecutors said Hicks had flashed a handgun to intimidate a Korean neighbor and a black remodeling worker, too. Relatives of the victims have asked federal authorities to charge Hicks with hate crimes. [The Associated Press]

Leave a Reply