Semiconductor icon Mike Honda 17th District Silicon Valley

Dear Robert,

This past week, I was heartbroken by the news of the senseless murder of three young Muslim Americans in Chapel Hill. Deah Barakat was a second year dental student who was admirably planning to visit Turkey to treat Syrian refugees. His young wife, Yusor Mohammad Abu-Sal, was a community leader and conducted philanthropic work. Yusor Mohammad Abu-Sal's sister, Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha, was a sophomore at North Carolina State University. 

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Friends and family of the three knew them to have been especially kind, always extending a helping hand to anyone who needed it. They are remembered as being examples of upstanding, involved, and altruistic community members.

This tragedy has weighed heavily on their friends, family, and Muslim Americans throughout our nation.However, witnessing the overwhelming perseverance of the Muslim American community during this difficult time has given me tremendous hope.
I admire and applaud the unity and resilience they have demonstrated during this difficult time. I stand now with my Muslim American brothers and sisters in calling for a serious and thorough federal investigation into whether this was a crime motivated by religious intolerance. The family and friends of the victims deserve a fair investigation and a just conclusion. 

No matter the outcome, we as a country must always strive to oppose the profiling and targeting of minorities in our country. The death of Yusor, Razan, and Deah will not be in vain. It is my hope that this tragedy will unite all Americans and remind us to respect the value of all lives.


Mike Honda 
Mike Honda
Member of Congress




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