Statement of Condolence for Murdered North Carolina Muslim-American Students


Deah Barakat (left), his wife Yusor Abu-Salha (center), and her sister Razan Abu-Salha (right)

Washington, D.C. (February 11, 2015)—The American Relief Coalition for Syria (ARCS) expresses its sincerest condolences to the families and loved ones of dedicated volunteers and humanitarians Deah Barakat, 23, his wife Yusor Abu-Salha, 21, and her sister Razan Abu-Salha, 19, who tragically lost their lives in a triple homicide in Chapel Hill, NC yesterday evening. The trio were well known for their time and selfless giving toward humanitarian causes, including the crisis in Syria.

As a dental student, Deah collected donations and supplies to help Syrians in need. Before his death, he was scheduled to travel to Turkey on a dental mission as part of a convoy of health professionals providing care for Syrian refugee children on behalf of Syrian American Medical Society (SAMS). He and Yusor were also founding members of their United Muslim Relief (UMR) community chapter. Razan was an officer of the chapter and organized monthly feedings for the homeless in downtown Raleigh.

ARCS is deeply saddened by their unfortunate passing and plans to honor their memories in its upcoming March 14th anniversary fundraising dinner for the Syrian crisis. To make a donation to the dental relief mission Deah was planning to attend and fundraising for, click here.


ARCS was founded in 2013 by a group of Syrian-American relief organizations joining forces to form a coalition of aid groups dedicated to collectively providing Syrians with humanitarian assistance. By pooling the talents and expertise of hundreds of professionals, ARCS member organizations cover all fields of aid and development, including food and clothing, shelter, medical aid, education, women’s development, refugee assistance and sustainable living programs.

To learn more about ARCS, visit