By Bill Bray
Special to the ASSIST News Service
OSM is a Christian organization working with local community and student leaders to provide hospitality and welcome international students to the United States.
The three students were slain execution style on Feb. 10 by a neighbor Craig Hicks in a dispute over parking rights, according to his wife. However, on Feb. 12 and Feb. 13, social media has been ablaze with accusations that it was a hate crime against Muslims. According to media reports, the charge is being investigated by police and the FBI.
In a prepared statement, OSM leaders said: “Our prayers today are going up to heaven for Mohammad Abu-Salha, father of one of the students, and to all the families of these students at this time of terrible tragedy. One of the students, Deah Barakat, was organizing a student dental mission to aid Syrian refugees in Turkey, something which we can only commend and appreciate as Christians.
“As believers, we condemn these killings. We have no reason to believe this was a hate crime but the accused killer, Craig Hicks, is reported to be a deeply anti-religious critic of Christianity.”
According to media reports, the slain students were Deah Shoddy Barakat, 23, and his new bride Yson Abu-Salha, 21, as well as her sister, Razon Abu-Salha, 19.