Press Release

With deep sorrow and profound sadness, the North Carolina Triangle Muslim Community mourns the loss of three young American Muslims: newlywed couple Deah Barakat, 23, and his wife Yusor Abu-Salha, 20, along with her sister Razan Abu-Salha, 19. The couple was wed just over a month ago.

These three young people were exemplary members of the community, contributing to various humanitarian causes, including helping provide free dental services to homeless people in the Triangle area, and working with international refugees.

Our community is reeling from the loss of these three outstanding youth who positively impacted the lives of those around them. We are in a state of grief and shock. We are thankful and appreciative of the outpouring of support from around the world.

We call upon the global community to remember and follow Deah, Yusor and Razan's legacy of peace, service and caring. Please continue to keep the Barakat and Abu-Salha families in your thoughts and prayers.

This press release is a result of coordination and work of the following organizations:

  • Islamic Association of Raleigh (IAR)
  • Apex Mosque
  • Masjid Ibad Ar-Rahman of Durham
  • Muslim American Society (MAS)
  • Muslim American Public Affairs Council (MAPAC)
  • Islamic Association of Cary
  • Islamic Center of Morrisville (ICM)
  • United Muslim Relief

More information on offering condolences will be posted on

For additional information please contact Mr. Mohamed ElGamal at: (910) 290-5100 or (919) 834-9572 ext 1349