By Alex Rogers
February 13, 2015

The man accused of killing three Muslim students in North Carolina this week had threatened his neighbors before, according to a new report.

Craig Stephen Hicks was a “self-appointed watchman” of his Chapel Hill apartment complex, the New York Times reports. Hicks knocked on the door of two of the future victims—Yusor Mohammad Abu-Salha and Deah Shaddy Barakat— last fall to complain about the the amount of noise they made while playing the board game risk Risk, neighbors recalled, and was holding a rife at the time—though he wasn’t pointing it at anyone.

The shooting ignited outrage and suspicion that it was motivated by anti-Muslim bias, though authorities have said preliminary investigation indicates it may have been sparked by an ongoing parking dispute. Hicks has been charged with three counts of first degree murder.


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