Our Three Winners has partnered with #LoveArmy to further the legacy of Deah Barakat, his wife Yusor Abu-Salha,and her sister Razan Abu-Salha who lost their lives two years ago on February 10th in a tragic hate crime. Together, we are calling on people across the country to stand against hatred, xenophobia, and prejudice.
There are people in our community who are in need of our support and friendship. In remembrance of Deah, Yusor, and Razan, and in support of all who are impacted by hate, here is what YOU can do right now to #LoveThyNeighbor:
ACT: Perform an act of kindness, service or solidarity for your neighbor or fellow community member this week. Join thousands of others and share your experience with the hashtags #LoveThyNeighbor, #LoveArmy, and #OurThreeWinners, or share directly on our Facebook page. It can be as simple as dropping off a gift, volunteering your time, printing out a sign and putting it in your window, or whatever feels meaningful to you.
IT MAKES A DIFFERENCE!
A second-year UNC Chapel Hill School of Dentistry student, Deah was planning a summer abroad in Turkey to deliver dental relief to Syrian refugees as part of a mission organized through the university. In his spare time, he volunteered to feed the homeless and was dedicated to helping others. “My brother, Deah, was a 6-foot-3-inch young man who had the kindest heart, who loved everyone he met, greeted strangers with hugs and dedicated his life to service,” said Suzanne Barakat on CNN”s AC360. Deah married Yusor Abu-Salha on December 27, 2014, only six weeks before tragedy struck.
Deah was only 23.
A recent graduate of North Carolina State University, Yusor planned to join her husband Deah at UNC School of Dentistry in the fall. Engaged since 2013 to a boy she met in elementary school, friends described Deah and Yusor as “lovebirds” and as a “beautiful couple”. She too was planning to travel to Turkey and was passionate about refugees, women’s education, and many other causes. “She was tall and slim and handsome,” her father, Dr. Abu-Salha says. “She had big hazel brown eyes that were beaming, she had brown curly hair.”
Yusor was only 21.
A first-year architecture student at North Carolina State University. Yusor and Razan, like many sisters, were best friends. In the first few weeks Yusor was married and away from the family home, Razan would make the 50-mile drive to visit her sister multiple times. She also planned to travel to Turkey to join Deah and Yusor to provide services to refugees. She organized monthly programs to support her local homeless community, among other humanitarian projects she organized.
Razan was only 19.