Obama denounces ‘outrageous murders’ of three U.S. Muslims

U.S. President Barack Obama delivers remarks before signing the Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention for American Veterans Act into law at the White House in WashingtonBy Colleen Jenkins WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (Reuters) – President Barack Obama described the deaths of three young Muslims gunned down in North Carolina as “brutal and outrageous murders” on Friday and said no one in the United States should be targeted for their religion. The president’s statement came a day after the FBI said it would open a preliminary inquiry, separate from local police investigations, to determine whether the man accused in the Chapel Hill shooting on Tuesday broke any federal laws. “No one in the United States of America should ever be targeted because of who they are, what they look like, or how they worship,” Obama said in a statement, offering his condolences to the victims’ families. The families had called on Obama to insist that federal authorities investigate whether the murder suspect, 46-year-old paralegal student Craig Stephen Hicks, was motivated by hatred toward the victims because they were Muslim.

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