911 Call Describes Chilling Deaths

Craig Stephen, 46, allegedly shot and killed three Muslim college students execution-style.
1:55 | 02/11/15

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The FBI now joining the investigation in chapel hill, North Carolina tonight, as authorities ask, was it a hate crime? Three young family members, all Muslim, gunned down in a quiet neighborhood near the iconic campus of unc. There was early word it began after a dispute over a parking space, but investigators now believe it could have been something more. ABC's Tom llamas in north Carolina. I heard about eight shots go off in an apartment. About three girls or -- more than one girl screaming. Reporter: This chilling 911 call describes the moments 46-year-old Craig Stephen hicks allegedly shot and killed three Muslim college students last night. Deah and yusor Barakat -- newlyweds. And yusor's sister Raza Abu salhat, the family saying they were shot execution style. She told me he hates us and how we dress. Reporter: Hicks, appearing in court today, charged with three counts of first degree murder. Police say he turned himself in hours after killing his chapel hill neighbors. Hicks' wife saying he snapped over a parking situation at their apartment complex. This incident had nothing to do with religion or victims' faith. Reporter: But hicks openly posted on Facebook his disdain for organized religion. Investigators say while this shooting was an isolated incident, they are investigating it as a possible hate crime. Deah and yusor Barakat had just married in December. Both looking to become dentists, I'm a dental student at unc. Reporter: Working to provide dental care to the less fortunate here and in the middle east. I'm angry. We have done nothing but be model American citizens. Reporter: There's a vigil under way here tonight at unc chapel hill, where Diaw was a student. Many students here asking the same question tonight -- why? The accused killer, Craig Stephen hicks, has yet to enter a plea. David? Tom llamas tonight. Tom, thank you.

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