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#MuslimLivesMatter Trends Nationally In Response To North Carolina Triple Murder

People on social media expressed solidarity with the three Muslim victims of the Chapel Hill shooting and questioned media coverage of the tragic incident.

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Three Muslim University of North Carolina students were shot dead near the Chapel Hill campus Tuesday night.

The three victims, Deah Shaddy Barakat, 23, his wife Yusor Mohammad, 21, and her sister, Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha, 19, were shot in the head by Craig Stephen Hicks who identified as an atheist according to his Facebook page.

The hashtag #MuslimLivesMatter began trending nationally on Twitter early Wednesday as people discussed the fatal shootings in context of the victims' religion.

The hashtag, like the #BlackLivesMatter movement, was started to express solidarity with the Muslim victims of the crime, but later expanded to include broader issues faced by minorities in the U.S. specifically the lack of mainstream media coverage and the racial and religious implications of the shooting,

Muslims on Twitter began using the hashtag to commemorate the victims; two of whom had recently gotten married to each other.

Remember them like this. Deah and Yusor had names, dreams and families. #MuslimLivesMatter

MohaNNad أبو مازن@TheMoeDeeFollow

Remember them like this. Deah and Yusor had names, dreams and families. #MuslimLivesMatter

3:31 AM - 11 Feb 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

May Allah rest their souls in peace and reward them the highest levels of paradise. #ChapelHill #MuslimLivesMatter

Dead.@Alladin_AlFollow

May Allah rest their souls in peace and reward them the highest levels of paradise. #ChapelHill #MuslimLivesMatter

1:25 AM - 11 Feb 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

Others pointed to the rise of Islamophobia in the wake of the Charlie Hebdo attacks in Paris.

In the wake of the #CharlieHebdo attack, Muslims were the targets of bigotry and violence across Europe. Over 50+. #MuslimLivesMatter

Alex Leal@desertfox899Follow

In the wake of the #CharlieHebdo attack, Muslims were the targets of bigotry and violence across Europe. Over 50+. #MuslimLivesMatter

1:59 AM - 11 Feb 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

Islamophobia has no place in our society. #MuslimLivesMatter

Pamela Nonga@pamnongaFollow

Islamophobia has no place in our society. #MuslimLivesMatter

2:36 AM - 11 Feb 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

The hashtag also sparked a conversation surrounding the racial and ethnic implications of the shootings.

White terrorists are never called “white.” But other terrorists are given ethnic affiliations. #ChapelHill #MuslimLivesMatter

أحمد كريم@DunyaDwellerFollow

White terrorists are never called “white.” But other terrorists are given ethnic affiliations. #ChapelHill #MuslimLivesMatter

1:49 AM - 11 Feb 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

3 Victims = Arab & Muslim Killer = White If Identities Reversed, this would be global news. #ChapelHillShooting

Khaled Bey@KhaledBeydounFollow

3 Victims = Arab & Muslim

Killer = White

If Identities Reversed, this would be global news.

#ChapelHillShooting

8:35 AM - 11 Feb 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

Others discussed the characterization and portrayal of the gunman by the media.

We will learn killer's employment struggles, medical records. He had issues. Not inherently evil. Not a terrorist #MuslimLivesMatter

Aisha Saeed@aishacsFollow

We will learn killer's employment struggles, medical records. He had issues. Not inherently evil. Not a terrorist #MuslimLivesMatter

8:16 AM - 11 Feb 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

I dont blame atheism for murder of 3 Muslim Amer students. My focus is the GOP officials+professional anti-Muslim bigots #MuslimLivesMatter

Dean Obeidallah@DeanofcomedyFollow

I dont blame atheism for murder of 3 Muslim Amer students. My focus is the GOP officials+professional anti-Muslim bigots #MuslimLivesMatter

8:08 AM - 11 Feb 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

Many also questioned what they said was an early lack of mainstream media coverage in the immediate aftermath of the shootings.

Where is the media when it matters most? #ChapelHill shootings not getting any mass media coverage. WHY? #MuslimLivesMatter

Burcu Bozkurt@burcubbozkurtFollow

Where is the media when it matters most? #ChapelHill shootings not getting any mass media coverage. WHY? #MuslimLivesMatter

1:17 AM - 11 Feb 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

People empathized with the experience and persecution of minorities in the wake of the attack.

We cannot live in our country and not feel safe. This is the experience of many communities. #BlackLivesMatter #MuslimLivesMatter

Linda Sarsour@lsarsourFollow

We cannot live in our country and not feel safe. This is the experience of many communities. #BlackLivesMatter #MuslimLivesMatter

7:15 AM - 11 Feb 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

I just feel for the Muslim individuals that are part of a social minority in their area. Victimised, afraid, threatened. #MuslimLivesMatter

Chris Millington@ChrisJohnMillyFollow

I just feel for the Muslim individuals that are part of a social minority in their area. Victimised, afraid, threatened.

#MuslimLivesMatter

7:08 AM - 11 Feb 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

Tasneem Nashrulla is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.

Contact Tasneem Nashrulla at tasneem.nashrulla@buzzfeed.com.

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