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Statement from PICO National Network Faith Leaders Concerning the Killing of Muslim Students in North Carolina

February 12, 2015

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:                                    CONTACT: Kawana Lloyd, PICO National Network, 202-544-8411, ext. 110 (office); 
Thursday, February 12, 2015                                   202-815-6908, (cell),  klloyd@piconetwork.org


There is much work to be done to curb gun violence and acts born of hate and ignorance”

Washington, DC—In response to this week’s shooting deaths of three Muslim students in North Carolina, 23-year-old Deah Barakat; his 21-year-old wife, Yusor Mohammad; and her sister, and19-year-old Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha, PICO National Network Deputy Director Rev. Alvin Herring and Pastor Michael McBride, campaign director of PICO National Network’s Live Free campaign – a nationwide, faith-based effort to reduce gun violence and end mass incarceration – released the following statement: 

“Faith leaders with the PICO National Network are mourning the slayings of the three Muslim students at the University of North Carolina this week. We will continue praying for their families and the Chapel Hill community as we wrestle these senseless deaths and with the possibility that they were targeted because of their religion.

“This senseless killing of three young people is yet another reminder of the immense work that we all need to do to stop gun violence and acts born of hate and ignorance. At the heart of that work is recognizing that our humanity unites all of us and that we must use every ounce of our being to counter a culture of dehumanization that infects our communities. 

“Deah Barakat, Yusor Mohammad, and her sister, Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha were members of our beloved community. We will honor them, our Muslim brothers and sisters and the will of God by continuing to support every effort towards ending gun violence and demonstrating our shared humanity."

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PICO National Network is the largest grassroots, faith-based organizing network in the United States. PICO works with 1,000 religious congregations in more than 200 cities and towns through its 60 local and state federations. PICO and its federations are non-partisan and do not endorse or support candidates for office. PICO urges people of faith to consult their faith traditions for guidance on specific policies and legislation. Learn more awww.piconetwork.org.