Earlier today, three young people were killed today in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. According to the police, it is over a parking spot.
The three victims are Muslim-American. Two of them were a newlywed couple, the third victim was the sister of the bride.
The easy thing to say is that the man who killed them was prejudiced against Muslims. While it is entirely possible, I prefer not to dwell on that, at least until the police have done their job.
What hurts my heart is that three people are dead. None of them were older than 25. They had their entire lives ahead of them, until earlier today. While I do not know their families, I grieve with them just the same.
Every life is precious. Regardless of what labels we use or what others give us, no one has the right to say that their neighbor’s life is worth less than their own because their neighbor adheres to a different set of beliefs or lives a different life.
My heart hurts tonight.