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New Documentary Offers Fresh Look At Chapel Hill Triple Murder

File photo of Deah Barakat, Yusor Abu Salha and Razan Abu Salha.
File photo of Deah Barakat, Yusor Abu Salha and Razan Abu Salha.
File photo of Deah Barakat, Yusor Abu Salha and Razan Abu Salha.
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File photo of Deah Barakat, Yusor Abu Salha and Razan Abu Salha.

What is the definition of a hate crime? The new documentary “Anatomy of Hate,” explores that question through the events of the horrific triple murder in Chapel Hill on Feb. 10, 2015. Host Frank Stasio speaks with Emily Kassie, director of the documentary 'Anatomy of Hate,' about the 2015 triple murder in Chapel Hill featured in the film, and also with Farris Barakat, brother of one of the victims.

Craig Hicks, a white man, murdered three of his neighbors, all Muslim, in their Chapel Hill area condominium community. While the Chapel Hill police initially characterized the motive behind the shootings as a parking dispute, the victims’ families demanded it be called an Islamaphobic hate crime, and the hashtag #MuslimLivesMatter trended nationally on social media.

In June 2019, Craig Hicks was sentenced to life without parole for the murder of Razan Abu-Salha, her sister Yusor Abu-Salha, and Yusor’s husband, Deah Barakat. The murders failed to reach the legal standard of a federal hate crime. Host Frank Stasio speaks with the documentary’s director, Emily Kassie, about the film, the case and and the lessons learned from this tragedy. Plus, Farris Barakat, Deah’s brother and executive director of The Light House Project, a nonprofit launched by the Barakat family, discusses the film’s resonance in the local Islamic community and the ways in which the victims’ legacies are carried on today. The Light House Project’s annual fundraiser is Sunday, March 8 at N.C. State’s Stewart Theater.

 

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Longtime NPR correspondent Frank Stasio was named permanent host of The State of Things in June 2006. A native of Buffalo, Frank has been in radio since the age of 19. He began his public radio career at WOI in Ames, Iowa, where he was a magazine show anchor and the station's News Director.
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